Hypothermia could save lives – really!
You've probably never thought of hypothermia as a good thing, and it usually isn't. But when induced in a controlled medical setting on patients who have suffered a cardiac arrest, it can be life saving. This isn't a new concept – it actually dates as far back as Hippocrates. With modern technology and knowledge of the human body, the method has been proven safe and effective. Want more information?
Who Is It For?
Hypothermia therapy is a treatment available for cardiac arrest patients, specifically those who aren't regaining consciousness. It can improve survival chances while avoiding neurological damages.
Why Does It Work?
A lower body temperature reduces the metabolic demand, helping the patient survive, even with limited oxygen. This also prevents disabilities, as the brain is in danger of sustaining long-term damages when it is deprived from the amount of oxygen it needs.
How Does It Work?
The patient's body temperature can be cooled in a variety ways. His medical team may use ice packs, cold water blankets, or catheters that inject a cold saline solution. Their goal is to bring the body temperature down to 91 or 92 degrees Fahrenheit, usually for a period of 24 hours. This process should begin as early as possible, which is why The Medical Center of Plano equips and trains EMTs to perform the procedure before even arriving at the emergency room.
You can find out more about hypothermia therapy at HeartLink from The Medical Center of Plano. Have questions or need a physician referral? Give us a call at 1-855-665-TMCP.