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New Intra-Arrest Cooling Method May Save More Brains During Cardiac Arrest
Date:11/15/2009

20 minutes of collapse.

The results of the study included:

  • Cooling was initiated 23 minutes following arrest and lowered brain temperature (tympanic) (34.2 degrees C vs. 35.5 degrees C) and body (core) temperature (35.1 degrees C vs. 35.8 degrees C) significantly by ER arrival.
  • Time to target tympanic temperature of 34 degrees was three hours faster and time to target core temperature was two hours faster in patients cooled intra-nasally in the field compared to those receiving hospital cooling alone.
  • Survival to discharge was higher in treated patients admitted to hospital (46.7% vs 31%) and significantly higher in those in whom CPR was initiated within 10 minutes of collapse, irrespective of rhythm (59.1% vs 29.4%).
  • Neurologically intact survival to discharge was higher in treated patients admitted to the hospital (36.7% vs 21.4%) and significantly higher in those in whom CPR was initiated within 10 minutes of collapse, irrespective of rhythm (45.5% vs 17.6%).
  • Intra-nasal cooling with RhinoChill was feasible and safe during an arrest. Nasal discoloration was the most commonly reported adverse event occurring in 13 patients. This resolved spontaneously in all patients who were successfully resuscitated.

Maaret Castren, M.D, Ph.D of the Department of Clinical Science and Education, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden and the Department of Emergency Medicine, Sodersjukhuset and PRINCE lead investigator noted, "In this study, early cooling of the brain combined with early CPR favorably affected outcomes, irrespective of rhythm. We believe that this study demonstrates that making every attempt to initiate both CPR and intra-arrest cooling as early as possible in the resuscitation process should be adopted."

The EMS teams also noted that the portability of the device and ease of use meant that cooling could be administered in the field by non-specialized medical pers
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