Hypothermia for SCI

Hypothermia for SCI
John Erich
EMS Magazine, 201

Cooling does a number of things. First, it suppresses inflammation. Cooling also reduces production of oxygen free radicals and metabolic demand in the spinal cord itself.¬†One case where cooling was used to save a life was on Kevin Everett, a tight end for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. Everett sustained a life-threatening C3-C4 dislocation during a game in 2007. Doctors expected permanent neurologic impairment. But Everett was treated aggressively, receiving prompt cooling, IV steroids and rapid surgical decompression. After an injury following which fewer than a quarter of patients ever walk again, Everett was on his feet within three months.