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IV 'Ice Slurry' Quickly Cools Body for Surgeries
Date:11/14/2008

ough the cold lungs. From there, the chilled blood would pass through the carotid arteries and into the brain, cooling it rapidly.

This method would take only a few minutes while conventional cooling techniques, such as ice baths and cooling jackets, could take two hours to achieve the same effect. Also, the slurry's ability to target selective organs cuts the risk of secondary adverse effects including shivering and possible arrhythmia, Kasza said.

Minimally invasive laparoscopic kidney surgery, cardiovascular surgery and surgeries that would otherwise risk neurological damage to the brain and spine are considered possible situations for the ice slurry to be used.

"In the emergency and surgical situations that we're dealing with, time frequently is the most valuable resource we have," Kasza said. "By understanding the complex interactions between the slurry and the vulnerable organs, we can optimally induce protective cooling and save lives."

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SOURCE: Argonne National Laboratory, news release, Oct. 31, 2008


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