Mountain Medicine: New, blood-cooling technology for cardiac arrest patients

From: Arizona Daily Sun

Flagstaff Medical Center recently implemented a new technology to help cardiac arrest patients have better health outcomes and decreased brain damage following a cardiac arrest. Intravascular temperature management is the latest in therapeutic hypothermia (cooling) protocols. Although hypothermia treatment has been in use at FMC for some time, the new intravascular treatment is making the cooling process faster, more effective and more precise.

Studies show that lowering a cardiac arrest patient's body temperature to 91 degrees F for 24 hours can prevent serious brain damage and other organ damage. The cooling effect slows down the body's response systems, limiting the release of damaging chemicals into the bloodstream that occurs when a person's heart stops beating. The damaging chemicals have the greatest impact on the brain, often causing permanent brain damage.

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