Voelcker Academy

Research Symposium 2010


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Spencer Brady

The Use of Therapeutic Hypothermia to Help Retain Neurological Function

Spencer Brady

Mentor: Dr. Craig Manifold

Therapeutic hypothermia is a medical treatment that lowers the body temperature of a victim to reduce the risk of ischemic injury to tissue after a period of insufficient blood flow. Therapeutic Hypothermia can be brought by either invasive methods (Catheter/IV) or non-invasive methods (Cooling Pads/Ice). Only 11% to 48% of patients who survive the acute event are discharged from the hospital with a good neurologic outcome. However, mild therapeutic hypothermia as a treatment option has promising outcomes.