Procedure helps heart attack patients
Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 9:09 pm
MEMPHIS (AP) — Paramedics in Memphis are using a newly-adopted procedure to cool the core body temperature of people who have suffered heart attacks, a process shown to increase chances of survival.
The Memphis Fire Department’s 33 ambulances have been equipped with coolers used to chill saline solution that flows into the veins of people who have suffered cardiac arrest but regain signs of life through cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
The process, called “induced therapeutic hypothermia” continues for 24 hours at the hospital. Doctors say lowering the patient’s temperature to about 92 degrees helps limit damage to brain cells caused by oxygen loss.
The Commercial Appeal reports Memphis paramedics started using the process in late July.
Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com
Published in The Messenger 9.8.10