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Cooling may benefit children after cardiac arrest
Date:12/3/2009

normal body temperature and maintained for another three days.

Co-led by Dr. Frank W. Moler at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Dr. Michael Dean at the University of Utah, the six-year study involves a total of 16 study sites in North America.

Cardiac Arrest and Therapeutic Hypothermia

During cardiac arrest, the body's blood supply is interrupted and cells are deprived of oxygen. This stresses the body, causing the release of toxic compounds that can overwhelm the organs and result in long-term brain injury. Therapeutic hypothermia slows the body's production of these compounds, reducing risk for brain injury. The therapy has been used successfully in adult cardiac arrest patients, and has been shown beneficial for newborns who have received insufficient oxygen at birth.

A Leader in Cooling for Cardiac Arrest Patients

Beginning this year, New York City ambulances are taking cardiac arrest patients directly to hospitals that offer therapeutic hypothermia. Dr. Stephan Mayer of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center played a key role in establishing this policy by bringing the idea to a critical-care committee of the Greater New York Hospital Association and United Hospital Fund.


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Contact: Belinda Mager
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New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
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