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Monday, March 29, 2010

More Hospitals Offering Therapeutic Hypothermia For Comatose Survivors Of Cardiac Arrest

We've been doing this at Stamford Hospital for at least two years now with truly amazing results.

USA Today (3/29, Marcus) reports that since the "American Heart Association issued recommendations and guidelines for inducing mild hypothermia in comatose survivors of cardiac arrest" in 2005, the "number of hospitals offering the treatment has climbed." Nearly "500 of about 5,000 hospitals across the country are doing it," and one expert calls therapeutic hypothermia "one of the most exciting and promising interventions for the treatment of cardiac arrest over the past 50 years." Still, "most proponents of cooling say they're surprised that the therapy hasn't caught on faster."
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