Anyone who understands anything about an ER knows that time is the most precious commodity in saving someone’s life. Doctors and surgeons literally race against the clock to get severely injured patients onto the operating table and hooked up to life support machines. If the patient bleeds out too quickly, the heart will likely stop and leave less than a ten percent chance of survival. If only there was a way to slow down time in order to save them.
A new clinical trial at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by Samuel Tisherman is experimenting with a new procedure called induced hypothermia. This method will cool down a patient’s body to about 50 to 55 degrees to slow down cell activity and place the patient in a type of limbo or ‘suspended animation.’ The new process could give doctors up to 45 minutes of extra time that they would not have if a body was kept at normal temperatures.
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