patients in Boston could soon be treated very coldly by doctors.
Researchers from the Harvard Medical School and the
Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston plan to begin the first
human trials for placing patients in a state of suspended
animation during surgery.
new method requires doctors to replace a patients blood with a cold
saline solution that would quickly chill the body's temperature.
This new procedure induces extreme hypothermia in
trauma patients, freezing bodies to the point of death according
to the Telegraph.
new process would completely shut down bodily functions and provide
surgeons with more time to operate. Those conducting the
research expect that placing patients in suspended animation
will to help reduce the need for life support and anesthetics and
would reduce damage to the brain and other organs.
you drop the body's core temperature and brain temperature down to 15
degrees C or 10 degrees C you are talking about 60 minutes and even
190 minutes of protection," said Massachusetts General
Hospital's Dr. Hasan Alam.
normal human body temperature is 37 degrees C. Under normal
circumstances, if the core body temperature
drops below 22 degrees C brain death would be expected to
cooling rapidly in this fashion we can convert almost certain death
into a 90 percent survival rate," said Alam.