August 16, 2010

Intra-Nasal Cooling System Effectively Chills Brain After Cardiac Arrest

In a study in this month's Circulation, a new nasopharyngeal device was used to initiate cerebral cooling during cardiac arrest. This device, called RhinoChill made by BeneChill cools the major vascular structures of the brain thereby improving neurological outcome.

Use of this device was found to increase survival over CPR alone by 27% and a 26% increase in neurologically intact survival.

Reference:
Intra-Arrest Transnasal Evaporative Cooling. A Randomized, Prehospital, Multicenter Study (PRINCE: Pre-ROSC IntraNasal Cooling Effectiveness). Published Online on August 2, 2010.
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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. He is also the chief medical officer of O2Labz, a medical and scientific 3D animation company.

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