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"cooling catheter"

claudia glamourcv at gmail.com
Tue Apr 4 02:02:05 BST 2006

I would be interested on that too. If anyone has any info on that, it
would be great, thanks.

On 4/3/06, rwolfer at aol.com <rwolfer at aol.com> wrote:
> Does anyone have any experience with the new "cooling catheter".  A rep
> showed up in my ICU and has all the nurses convinced that this is the best
> thing since sliced bread.  It is basically a big stiff central line (
> expensive) that flushes Iced saline over the blood and contents of the line.
>  I have several problems with it, including that the stiffness of the line
> has injured vessels, the company does not seem to think a torn IJ is a
> problem.  The cost is high.  "Cold fluid" on the heart is not a good thing
> as it can induce arrhythmias. Also according to the head of ID at our
> institution, cold fluid and cooling blankets do not work and can make things
> worse.  I just would like to hear if anyone has any experience with them
> before I agree to it.  I am currently against it as I do not think it is
> worth the cost or potential harm .  Thanks
> Rebecca Wolfer, MD, FACS, FCCP
> Associate Professor, Marshall University School of Medicine
> Dept of Surgery
> Director Thoracic Surgery
> Director, Surgical Critical Care Cabell Huntington Hospital
> Director, Trauma Cabell Huntington Hospital
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