Ambulance Service Introduces Chilling Protocol

Process Mimics Fall Into Freezing Water

Posted: May 16, 2010 at 6:27 a.m.

Rogers Fire Chief Tom Jenkins talks May 6 about the new hypothermia protocol being used on cardiac patients in his department’s ambulances at Fire Station No. 1 in Rogers.

Massive heart attack victims may get a chilly reception from Rogers Fire Department’s ambulance crews. Paramedics are using a new protocol for heart attack victims called induced hypothermia during which a patient’s temperature is lowered by the injection of chilled saline solution. The lowered temperature may help minimize neurological damage.

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