Inducing Mild Hypothermia as a Neurological Therapy
When a person goes into cardiac arrest, there’s a loss of oxygen-carrying blood to the brain. This condition is known as ischemia. If the person is resuscitated, the return of blood flow to the brain is called reperfusion. Depending on the time between loss and restoration of blood flow, ischemia/reperfusion events injure cells, cause brain damage, and can result in death—the longer the time that blood flow is lost to the brain, the more severe the damage, injury, or effect on the mortality of the patient.