In some cases the use of extreme cold temperatures can kill the patient. However, in the case of Amy Moore (38 years), placing the patient on the ice could provide valuable time to save his life.
Mother of two children was recorded medical history when she was rescued by using a super-cool after his heart stopped suddenly. With no other options, medical officer to cool his body with a blanket of ice and injected a shot of freezing (freezing injection).
This condition puts his mind on the position of ‘stand-by’ and allow time for doctors to perform surgery and made his heart pumping again. In extreme cases the body is cooled from normal temperature 37 degrees Celsius to 18 degrees celsius.
“We offer it because it has no other choice and the results proved very effective,” said Dr. Joe Rossi of the University of North Carolina Hospital, as quoted by The Sun, Friday (26/11/2010)
Extreme cold conditions that would prevent the decay of the brain and other organs, thus allowing more time to perform surgery in cases where the life support machine unusable. Afterward the patient was warmed again and the heart is restarted with a defibrillator.
“In these conditions the patient can not be distinguished from someone who actually is dead,” said Dr. Keving Fong from University College London.
Benefits of low temperature treatment or sometimes referred to as cryotheraphy can also appear in other conditions, such as treating illness, pain, injury to the athlete’s sport and even cancer treatment.
Here are some other examples of the use of cold temperatures, namely:
Doctors from the University of Illinois in Chicago to test the ice packs are 45 other migraine sufferers. Dr. Lawrence Robbins found the patient had a 50-50 chance better by putting an ice pack on his head for 3 minutes.
When a migraine attack, blood vessels in the head will enlarge and become swollen with blood, causing nerve pressure pain in the area. It is estimated that the placement of ice can restrict blood vessel dilation.
Coagulation therapy for athletes
Room cryotherapy (kriotheraphy chamber) is usually called the Champney’s health spa in Tring, Hertfordshire, may be a way of treatment with low temperature. The sports star was there to let the relief of pain and pain during training.
Users will be charged a very low temperature for 3 minutes to stimulate blood and central nervous system. The experts from Clevelend Clinic in Ohio said it could help produce hormone changes that can enhance muscle repair.
Treatment of stroke (Super-cooling)
There is evidence indicating rapid cooling can reduce the devastating impact of stroke. Researchers from the United States tested a small device placed in a central vein which cools the blood flow in stroke patients. It is expected that the brain will be protected by cooling it.
Cool hat to protect hair during cancer therapy
Patients on chemotherapy will be given this hat to help stop hair loss. This cap contains a cold gel or a liquid coolant that reduces blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles save from damage caused by chemicals.
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