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Hypothermia management

kmattox at aol.com kmattox at aol.com
Thu Jun 19 15:09:15 BST 2008

Am looking for reports on this and other similiar devices.   Science must drive our judgement, not industry.   


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-----Original Message-----
From: "McSwain, Norman E Jr." <nmcswai at tulane.edu>

Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2008 08:39:38 
To:"Trauma &amp; Critical Care mailing list" <trauma-list at trauma.org>
Subject: RE: Hypothermia management

I am not familiar with this device but remember hypothermia is NOT a
disease. It is a symptom or marker of decreased energy production by the
patient. In the trauma patient, the condition usually anaerobic
metabolism secondary to blood loss. The condition (decreased perfusion
and hypoxia to reverse the anaerobic metabolism) should be treated not
try to  treat the symptom. This is like giving a patient, with
appendicitis, morphine and sending them home rather than taking out the

Norman McSwain MD
Professor, Tulane School of Medicine
Trauma Director, Charity Hospital Trauma Center
norman.mcswain at tulane.edu
504 988 5111

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[mailto:trauma-list-bounces at trauma.org] On Behalf Of Milici, Justin J.
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Subject: Hypothermia management

We have recently initiated a protocol for using the Alsius Coolgard to
manage our hypothermic trauma patients and have had excellent outcomes
with it. I was just curious if anyone else out there is also using this
device and have also had similar successes?

Justin Milici, RN, MSN, CCRN, CEN, CFRN, TNS
Trauma Education, Prevention/Outreach Coordinator
Trauma Services - 11 Roberts
Baylor University Medical Center
3500 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246
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