animation

Surgeons to place trauma patients into suspended animation, between life and death, during extreme surgeries


Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
CDC issues flu vaccine apology: this year's vaccine doesn't work!
The five biggest lies about Ebola being pushed by government and mass media
Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes; why doesn't every hospital have one of these?
Tetanus vaccines found spiked with sterilization chemical to carry out race-based genocide against Africans
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
The best way to help your body protect itself against Ebola (or any virus or bacteria)
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Russia throws down the gauntlet: energy supply to Europe cut off; petrodollar abandoned as currency war escalates
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
W.H.O. contradicts CDC, admits Ebola can spread via coughing, sneezing and by touching contaminated surfaces
Top ten things you need to do NOW to protect yourself from an uncontrolled Ebola outbreak
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
FDA targets Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps for sharing health benefits of coconut oil
U2's Bono partners with Monsanto to destroy African agriculture with GMOs
Why flu shots are the greatest medical fraud in history
Governments seize colloidal silver being used to treat Ebola patients, says advocate
Flu vaccine kills 13 in Italy; death toll rises

Delicious
(NaturalNews) An unusual life-preservation technique that might sound like the thing of science-fiction cinema has become a reality at one Pennsylvania hospital where some trauma victims who recently suffered from otherwise fatal injuries are now being given a second chance at life. It is known as suspended animation, and some researchers say it could redefine what conventional medicine considers to be irreparable harm.

Typically when a patient arrives at the hospital with a traumatic and life-threatening injury, doctors will attempt to resuscitate that patient while quickly trying to fix the damage. If the injury is extremely severe, requiring more time for surgery, doctors will do the best they can to keep that patient's heart pumping while they work to fix the problem. If the patient's heart does not cooperate, however, then little else can be done to save him, typically resulting in death.

But at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, cutting-edge emergency preservation and resuscitation efforts are providing new hope in scenarios like this. Rather than try to keep the patient alive in order to perform surgery, doctors at the hospital are now experimenting with deliberately putting the patient into a state of suspended animation, in which that patient's blood is drained and replaced with a cold saline solution.

Suspended animation induces temporary death, allowing for later revival

According to ExtremeTech.com, this process stops virtually all cellular activity within the patient's body, allowing physicians more time to take a closer look at the associated injury and perform any necessary surgical procedures. In a best-case scenario, the patient will remain "dead" for up to several hours while this work is being done, and once completed, will have his or her blood returned and be brought back to life.

Tests conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan Hospital on pigs have already been successful in accomplishing this, which to those advancing the idea is evidence enough that it can also work in humans. Based on this, doctors at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital are planning to perform the technique on 10 human patients, comparing the results to 10 other human patients given conventional treatment.

"We've always assumed that you can't bring back the dead," says Samuel Tisherman, the doctor leading the new trial at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. "But it's a matter of when you pickle the cells."

Is suspended animation a taboo pipe dream, or promising technique to save lives?

If the first round of tests goes as planned, Tisherman and his team plan to refine the technique on another 10 patients, after which there should be enough data to safely apply suspended animation protocols to other hospitals across the country. And if the technique is successful in cases of cardiac arrest, Tisherman hopes to use it in other applications as well.

At the same time, performing such trials and bringing the technology to other hospitals could pose some challenges. Besides the fact that neither patients nor their families will be able to give consent to the therapy, given its emergency nature, the concept of draining people's blood and allowing them to die, only to revive them later, may still come with its own taboos.

"We're trying to save lives, not pack people off to Mars," joked Tisherman in an attempt to quell fears about the somewhat strange sci-fi nature of the technology. "Can we go longer than a few hours with no blood flow? I don't know. Maybe years from now someone will have figured out how to do it, but it will certainly take time."

Sources for this article include:

http://www.extremetech.com

http://www.newscientist.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.