It’s not death, but it’s not quite life, either.
By now you’ve probably heard about the trials going on at UPMC Presbyterian involving the use of suspended animation in the treatment of trauma victims. Well, they’re underway and CNN has taken notice.
“What we’re doing is using science to try to come up with a new way to save people who are dying in front of us,” says Dr. Samuel Tisherman, a surgeon involved in the project. “As trauma surgeons, we’re always fighting against the clock. And we’ve all seen people who had injuries we could fix if we just had a few more minutes.”
By inducing a state of hypothermia and cooling a patient’s body temperature, physicians can slow cell activity to a point which gives them more time to work on a patient without putting lives in even more danger.