Thursday, January 21, 2010

Very "Cool" EMS Development in Johnson County KS

The ambulance service in Johnson County, Johnson County Med-Act and its partners, are going to be on the cutting edge with using cooling therapy for patients in cardiac arrest. During the past several years, research in both prehospital and hospital environments is showing that cooling the "Code Blue" patient results in more likelihood of both a successful cardiac resuscitation and intact brain function upon recovery. Intuitively, this makes sense, as we have known for quite some time that people who have near drowning in very cold water have a longer amount of time for the possibility of successful rescue. As I said in the title, very "cool." (groan...)

(Entirely unrelated thought; Would it kill the Kansas City Star to put the videos on YouTube?)

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