Skip to main content

Volume 2 Supplement 1


0354. Effects of sodium nitroprusside in addition to therapeutic hypothermia after experimental cardiac arrest


Sodium nitroprusside (SNP) has been shown to provide additional protective effects when combined with therapeutic hypothermia (TH) in some experimental models of cardiac arrest (CA) [1,2,3].


To determine whether the addition of SNP to TH has beneficial effects on the brain in a porcine model of CA.


We studied 8 anesthetized, invasively monitored and mechanically ventilated domestic pigs, randomized into two groups (n=4): TH without or with SNP. After 3 min of untreated ventricular fibrillation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was started in all animals and continued until return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC); defibrillation was performed 3 minutes after the start of CPR. Hypothermia (34±1°C) was induced at the start of CPR using a rapid IV infusion of 30 mL/kg cold saline for 60 min, trans-nasal evaporative cooling (Rhinochill, Benechill Inc, USA) and surface cooling with ice packs. Cooling was maintained for 6 hours, followed by controlled slow rewarming to baseline temperature with blankets. SNP+TH animals received 3 bolus injections of 1 mg of SNP after 2, 7 and 12 minutes of CPR. Brain temperature was measured with intraparenchymal probes (Licox CC1.SB, Integra, NeuroSciences Ltd., Hampshire, UK), blood brain flow by laser Doppler (blood laser Doppler [BLD], MNP100XP, Oxyflow, Oxford Optronix, Oxford, UK) and the lactate-pyruvate ratio (LPR) was measured hourly by microdialysis (CMA20, CMA, Sweden). After left craniectomy, the microvascular network of the frontal cortex was evaluated using sidestream dark-field videomicroscopy (Microscan, MicroVision Medical, Netherlands) at baseline (T0), 1 hour after cooling induction (T1), at the end of hypothermia (T2) and after rewarming (T3). The mean flow index (MFI) and the proportion of perfused cerebral small vessels (PPV) were calculated using standard formulas.


Time to return of spontaneous circulation was similar in both groups (8 [7-23] min for TH alone and 9 [6-22] min for TH+SNP). Despite its known vasodilatory effects, there were no significant differences in measured hemodynamic parameters between the groups throughout the study period. Microvascular perfusion was significantly reduced after CA in both groups, but to a lesser extent in the TH-SNP than in the TH group. The LPR was lower in the TH-SNP than in the TH group (Result Table 1).

Table 1


In this model, the cerebral microcirculation was significantly altered after CA; addition of SNP to TH attenuated the microvascular alterations and had a protective effect on brain metabolism.


  1. Donadello K, et al.: CCM. 2012,40(12 suppl):545.

    Google Scholar 

  2. Schultz J, et al.: Resuscitation. 2012, 83: 374–377. 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2011.07.038

    Article  CAS  PubMed Central  PubMed  Google Scholar 

  3. Yannopoulos D, et al.: Resuscitation. 2013,84(8):1143–9. 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2013.01.024

    Article  PubMed Central  PubMed  Google Scholar 

Download references

Grant acknowledgment

Fonds Erasme. Bourse de Recherche 2013-2014.

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Rights and permissions

Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits use, duplication, adaptation, distribution, and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Check for updates. Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Donadello, K., Taccone, F., Su, F. et al. 0354. Effects of sodium nitroprusside in addition to therapeutic hypothermia after experimental cardiac arrest. ICMx 2 (Suppl 1), P20 (2014).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • DOI: