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Top Neurology Programs Control Fever with Arctic Sun Cooling Technology
Date:3/25/2009

Medivance's safe temperature management technology, aggressive fever control may improve neurologic outcomes after stroke or brain injury

LOUISVILLE, Colo., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The nation's top-rated neurology programs cool their critically ill stroke and brain injured patients with the non-invasive, safe and technologically advanced Arctic Sun(R) Temperature Management System from Medivance.

Nearly 80 percent, or 23 of the 30 top-ranked neurology programs at community and academic medical centers, are among numerous hospitals that prefer the ease, speed and safety of the nurse-implemented Arctic Sun.

Aggressive fever control improves outcomes

Mounting clinical evidence suggests that aggressively controlling fever potentially improves outcomes.

Investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital, which employs the Arctic Sun and was ranked the #3 neurology program in US News & World Report, analyzed data from 39 studies that enrolled more than 14,400 patients with ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke and traumatic brain injuries. They found that in all studies, fever was consistently linked to poor outcomes: higher mortality, greater disability, worse functional outcomes, greater severity, and longer ICU stays. The study was reported in Stroke.

"This study shows a clear association of fever with worse neurological outcome for any brain-injured patient, regardless of the outcome measure used," said lead author David Greer, MD, Director of the Inpatient Stroke Service at Massachusetts General Hospital. "Future studies should focus on the likely beneficial effect of fever control in these patients. At the present time, clinicians should be encouraged to use aggressive fever control by whatever means possible, in the hopes that this will improve neurological outcomes."

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