Physio-Control and BeneChill enter strategic partnership to launch RhinoChill IntraNasal cooling system in Europe

Physio‐Contro (@PhysioControl) and BeneChill (@RhinoChill) announced today a strategic partnership to launch the RhinoChill IntraNasal Cooling System in Europe. RhinoChill is a non‐invasive, portable system for transnasally cooling the head and lowering the body’s core temperature immediately following cardiac arrest, stroke or traumatic brain injury.

Initially, the partnership will focus on bringing the RhinoChill System to market in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg during the first quarter of 2011, utilizing Physio‐Control’s extensive European distribution network. Additionally, as part of this strategic alliance, the two companies will work jointly to develop additional applications for BeneChill and work towards making the RhinoChill System available in the U.S.

The RhinoChill System uses a non‐invasive nasal catheter that sprays a rapidly evaporating, inert coolant liquid into the nasal cavity, a large area situated beneath the brain that acts as a heat exchanger. As the liquid evaporates, heat is directly removed from the base of the skull and surrounding tissues via conduction and indirectly through the blood via convection.

The system is battery‐powered, compact and does not require refrigeration, making it ideal for use in pre‐hospital settings. Each coolant bottle holds enough liquid to cool a patient for 30 minutes at nominal flow, and bottles can be easily exchanged to maintain the cooling process.

See a video at the company website HERE. The YouTube channel is HERE.

I’ve got to admit that this technology looks interesting. I’d like to see how it stacks up against iced saline and external cooling (which is pretty inexpensive).

This blog post derived in part from a press release by Physio-Control with whom Tom Bouthillet and the EMS 12-Lead blog have no conflict of interest.

See also:

Physio-Control announces LIFENET System 5.0, partnership with AirStrip Technologies

5 Comments

  • Mark says:

    Damn, I keep looking at the word “Benechill” and all I can think about is the dietary fiber product “Benefiber”.

  • EN says:

    There’s going to be some serious “Brain Freeze”…
    How would this rapid cooling affect the optic nerves?

  • This is one of the most interesting devices I’ve seen in a while. I agree that I’d like to see a comparison with chilled saline before I line up to buy a few dozen of them. That being said, I wonder if this device would allow better control over cooling rate and ultimately core temp? In urban systems, I can understand a less accurate, faster is better procedure, but rural systems with longer transport times might run the risk of overdoing the cooling without some measure of control. Just a thought.

  • Tom B says:

    Patrick –

    We’re not cooling cardiac arrest patients on Hilton Head Island yet but a multidisciplinary steering committee has met several times and it’s on the horizon.

    My understanding is that iced saline will only lower the patient’s temperature 1 degree C per liter per hour. It seems to me the transport time would have to be hours (and the patient would have to already be borderline hypothermic at baseline) for that to be a problem.

    I’m looking forward to seeing the evidence for the RhinoChill.

    Tom

  • Tim says:

    We are cooling cardiac arrest patients.  I find keeping cold saline to be kind of a pain.  We either need to keep a frezer on board running or change cold pack every shift.
    I'm looking forward to a machine like this that can be stored on a charger and fired up only when needed.

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