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Adjusting the human thermostat
UPMC clinicians perfect cooling, warming techniques to optimize patient care
Iced-down fluids are given intravenously to a patient who experiences cardiac arrest. In the Emergency Department, the cooling continues by placing the man on a spongy blanket through which near-freezing water circulates.
In another clinical setting, a radically different set of body temperature strategies is used to keep a patient undergoing a surgical procedure as warm as possible. On the day of surgery, the patient pulls on extra clothing and travels to the hospital in a prewarmed car. In the Operating Room, the upper torso of the patient is surrounded with a blanket into which warm air is forced.
Chilling out to protect the brain
On a snowy January morning, Jon Rittenberger, MD, begins his day in the Emergency Department at UPMC Presbyterian by explaining how UPMC is using therapeutic hypothermia (TH) to save lives and improve outcomes for patients who have suffered a cardiac arrest.
Warming up to prevent surgical complications
While those treating patients with cardiac arrest strive to cool body temperatures, UPMC clinicians in preoperative, surgical, and postoperative settings work to keep their patients as warm as possible.