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Rewarming a Patient With Accidental Hypothermia and Cardiac Arrest Using Thoracic Lavage

Authors
Journal
The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
0003-4975
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
97
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2013.08.028
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

The optimal treatment for severe accidental hypothermia is cardiopulmonary bypass because this offers the most rapid rate of rewarming. However, cardiopulmonary bypass therapy is not available in every hospital. In these circumstances, rewarming has to be achieved with other methods. We present a patient who was successfully rewarmed with thoracic lavage after he had been found with a core temperature of 21°C and asystole.

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