February 20, 2012 - Marietta Memorial Hospital Introduces Therapeutic Hypothermia Treatment
Beginning March 1, Marietta Memorial Hospital will be offering therapeutic hypothermia treatment to specific post cardiac arrest patients. If a cardiac arrest patient’s heartbeat is restored, but the patient remains unconscious, the patient may benefit from this therapy.
After cardiac arrest, a cascade of events occur including inflammatory responses that can last for hours, causing swelling and injury to brain tissue. “Therapeutic hypothermia treatment lowers a patient’s body temperature for an extended period of time, reducing the risk of ischemic injury to the brain and increasing the chance of a good neurological outcome following a period of insufficient blood flow,” says Stacy DeVol, MSN, RN, CCRN, who implemented the program.
According to peer reviewed studies, each hour cooling is delayed the mortality rate increases by 20 percent. This medical treatment is recognized as a Class 1A recommendation by the American Heart Association and is only offered in 50 percent of hospitals nationwide.
“We will be implementing this treatment with the Arctic Sun medical device. The device uses hydro gel pads that are placed on the torso and thighs of the patient to simulate cold water immersion, lowering the patient’s body temperature to 33°C (91.4°F) for a 24 hour period; ultimately decreasing cellular metabolism, and the body’s oxygen consumption in order to protect the brain” adds DeVol.
The Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system governed by a volunteer board of community members that are committed to providing comprehensive services that meet the needs of our region. We are comprised of a network of two hospitals, outpatient service sites, assisted and long-term care facilities and a retirement community. We work in innovative ways to meet the healthcare challenges of today, while preparing for the health needs of our communities in the future.