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Body Cooling Technique Saves Man’s Life

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Gerd Poehl went into cardiac arrest on an airplane and he was able to survive the incident thanks to a new body cooling technique.

Therapeutic Hypothermia Protocol is a new technique that very few hospitals are utilizing to save a patient’s life after going into cardiac arrest.

Doctor’s at Newark’s Beth Israel Hospital have a 61% survival rating using this technique, but say it was a one in a million chance that Poehl would completely recover.

Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Anjum Tanwir discussed this life-saving event. “I would say the survival rate of being on an airplane and having a cardiac arrest in the air, I’d probably say less than 5%,” he said.

This integrated technique involves administering an IV to cool the body down, then wrapping the patient in ice.

“We reduce the body temperature down to around 32 degrees Celsius and kind of try to preserve all the organs,” Tanwir said.

In Poehl’s case, after about four hours of surgery and being without a heart rate for 20 minutes they were able to subdue the inflammation and make sure that he had no neurological damage.

“The next thing I remember is awaking some days later after being in the urgent care unit,” Poehl said.

It took doctors three days to see if Poehl was going to survive this incident or end up being brand dead.

Normally patients have a 25% survival rate if they go into cardiac arrest, but experts say that with this new protocol that number has risen to a 50% survival rating.

“It’s really amazing that this technique is now available where support and help can be given to the people with severe heart attacks now, especially here,” Poehl said.

There seems to still be a need for more research on this new protocol, but if you can double your chances of survival, would you take it?


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