EMS crews from Johnson County, KS to use therapeutic hypothermia

EMS crews from Johnson County, KS (JoCo EMS a.k.a. Med-Act) will now be using therapeutic hypothermia for select cardiac arrest patients.

“By using bags of child salt water, emergency responders in Johnson County can significantly increase survival rates for some cardiac arrest patients.

For patients who have been resuscitated but still aren’t waking up, paramedics pump child saline into the body, lowering it to 93 degrees.

“Their brain is getting inadequate oxygen and glucose and that can be damaging to the brain. But chilling the body, it chills the brain and those bad events don’t occur,” Dr. Lester Richardson told KMBC’s Dion Lim.”

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KMBC News 9 – Click HERE.

KCTV News 5 – Click HERE.

Kansas City Star – Click HERE.

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