Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Optimizing patient outcomes after therapeutic hypothermia for traumatic brain injury

Date:
January 6, 2011
Source:
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Summary:
Lowering the body temperature of patients soon after they have suffered a severe brain injury may reduce neurologic complications and improve outcomes. The safety of therapeutic hypothermia for traumatic brain injury has been demonstrated in national studies. According to a roundtable discussion of renowned experts in the field, when and how it is administered should depend on the clinical condition of individual patients.

Lowering the body temperature of patients soon after they have suffered a severe brain injury may reduce neurologic complications and improve outcomes. The safety of therapeutic hypothermia for traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been demonstrated in national studies. According to a Roundtable Discussion of renowned experts in the field, when and how it is administered should depend on the clinical condition of individual patients.

The Roundtable was published online ahead of print in the new peer-reviewed journal Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. that will launch officially in March 2011. The Roundtable is available at www.liebertpub.com/ther

Guy Clifton, MD, from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, moderated the discussion on the "Future of Rewarming in Therapeutic Hypothermia for Traumatic Brain Injury: A Personalized Plan." He led an expert panel comprised of Alex Valadka, MD, from the Seton Brain and Spine Institute (Austin, TX), Imoigele Aisuku, MD, from the University of Texas Health Science Center, and David Okonkwo, MD, PhD, from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (PA), all of whom participated in the National Acute Brain Injury Study: Hypothermia II (NABISH II).

The panel concluded that factors such as the degree of body cooling, the duration of hypothermia, and the rate of rewarming need to be determined individually for each patient to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment and minimize the risk of complications. The successful transition of therapeutic hypothermia from a concept proven to be safe in human patients to an effective, widely used treatment strategy will require a better understanding of how the different types of TBI and the clinical condition of the patient affect the utility and risks of hypothermia.

"I think the readership of our new Journal will greatly appreciate the thoughtful comments made by this prestigious panel of experts concerning how best to use therapeutic hypothermia in this heterogeneous patient population," says Editor-in-Chief W. Dalton Dietrich, PhD, Kinetic Concepts Distinguished Chair in Neurosurgery, and Professor of Neurological Surgery, Neurology and Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.. "Optimizing patient outcomes after therapeutic hypothermia for traumatic brain injury." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 6 January 2011. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110104114309.htm>.
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.. (2011, January 6). Optimizing patient outcomes after therapeutic hypothermia for traumatic brain injury. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 28, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110104114309.htm
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.. "Optimizing patient outcomes after therapeutic hypothermia for traumatic brain injury." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110104114309.htm (accessed July 28, 2014).

Share This




More Mind & Brain News

Monday, July 28, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Losing Sleep Leaves You Vulnerable To 'False Memories'

Losing Sleep Leaves You Vulnerable To 'False Memories'

Newsy (July 27, 2014) A new study shows sleep deprivation can make it harder for people to remember specific details of an event. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
University Quiz Implies Atheists Are Smarter Than Christians

University Quiz Implies Atheists Are Smarter Than Christians

Newsy (July 25, 2014) An online quiz from a required course at Ohio State is making waves for suggesting atheists are inherently smarter than Christians. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Beatings and Addiction: Pakistan Drug 'clinic' Tortures Patients

Beatings and Addiction: Pakistan Drug 'clinic' Tortures Patients

AFP (July 24, 2014) A so-called drugs rehab 'clinic' is closed down in Pakistan after police find scores of ‘patients’ chained up alleging serial abuse. Duration 03:05 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
New Painkiller Designed To Discourage Abuse: Will It Work?

New Painkiller Designed To Discourage Abuse: Will It Work?

Newsy (July 24, 2014) The FDA approved Targiniq ER on Wednesday, a painkiller designed to keep users from abusing it. Like any new medication, however, it has doubters. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins