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Cooling patients saves lives

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A new method to cool patients down after cardiac arrest could give surgeons the extra time they need to save a life. A new method to cool patients down after cardiac arrest could give surgeons the extra time they need to save a life.

Most medical experts agree that the difference between life and death can come down to a few seconds in an emergency room.

A new method that would cool patients down could give surgeons the extra time they need to save a life.

That method is called emergency resuscitation preservation. Medical staff are utilizing the method in which a patient's body temperature is lowered to preserve vital organs when gunshot victims go into cardiac arrest.

"If we can cool them down really fast, we can stop all the bad processes that happen in the brain and all vital organs while there's no blood flow and it'll buy time for surgeons to stop the bleeding," said Dr. Sam Tisherman, a professor of surgery at the University of Maryland.

Tisherman said a cool-down brings the body temperature to around 50 degrees.

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