November 18, 2011
This undated handout photo provided by UPMC shows Dr. Samuel Tisherman, a critical care specialist at the University of Pittsburgh, who is leading a study that early next year will test whether plunging critically injured trauma victims into deep hypothermia could help save their lives. The idea: When patients are bleeding so much that the heart stops, the cold might allow them to survive without brain damage for the hour or so it takes surgeons to patch them and resuscitate them.
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Suspended animation may not be just for sci-fi movies anymore: Trauma surgeons soon will try plunging some critically injured people into a deep chill — cooling their body temperatures as low as 50 degrees — in hopes of saving their lives.