Published: Sep 07, 2010 8:32 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 07, 2010 5:32 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Charlotte County Fire/EMS is proud to announce the initiation of the Induced Hypothermia Protocol. Induced hypothermia treatment saved 2 resident’s lives this last month with patients experiencing a very positive post hospital outcome. This treatment is a medical treatment used for adult patients resuscitated from a cardiac arrest event. The treatment cools the patient by reducing the patient’s core temperature to approx. 30 -34 degrees Celsius using cooled IV fluids and ice packs. The treatment must begin within 15 minutes of the patient’s resuscitation, and has been proven to increase neurological outcome. Not every Emergency Medical Service offers this very special pre-hospital patient care. Area hospitals must also be equipped to continue the patient’s treatment for 24 hours. All area hospitals are “on board” to provide care for patients transported to their facilities with pre-hospital Hypothermia treatment provided by CC Fire/EMS.

Providing this treatment to patients in a pre-hospital setting can be challenging for an EMS system. Emergency workers must be proficient in this treatment and ambulances must be equipped with cooled fluids and specialized medications ready at all times for patient care. Charlotte County Fire/EMS applied and received a State EMS County Grant. This grant provided 100% funding for installation of refrigeration units on the ambulances.

This past month CC Fire/EMS provided hypothermia treatment to two separate patients. These patients were discharged from the hospital recently with a very good outcome.