Our Emergency Department is one of only two in Broward County which offers intravascular cooling for patients with cardiac arrest with return of spontaneous circulation. Many studies have shown improvement of patient outcomes and decrease in neurologic disability in patients who receive cooling post cardiac arrest.
Intravascular Temperature Management (IVTM™)
Alsius proprietary IVTM™ technology gets to the core of the temperature issue by managing patient temperature from the inside out.
The benefits of IVTM™ include:
- Superior temperature control
- Improved patient access
- Reduced nursing time
- Triple lumen central venous catheter access
Temperature is Vital
Today, major medical societies recommend temperature management as the standard of care therapy for many critically ill or surgical patients.
- Reducing Fever
- Induced Hypothermia following cardiac arrest, spinal and brain injury
- Trauma and accidental hypothermia
Many internationally respected medical societies recommend temperature management as the standard-of-care for many critically ill or surgical patients.
- ASA - American Stroke Association
- AANS/CNS- American Association of Neurological Surgeons
- EUS - European Stroke Initiative
- AHA - American Heart Association
- ILCOR - International Liaison Committee of Resuscitation
- ASA - American Society of Anesthesiologists
- ASPAN - American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
- ACS - American College of Surgeons
- AHA/ASA - Guideline from AHA/ASA Stroke Council
Incidence of Fever in Neurointensive Care Unit
Clinical studies have shown that elevated body temperature in neurologic intensive care patients is associated with a longer ICU and hospital length of stay (LOS), higher mortality rate and worse outcomes.
*Alsius IVTM™ System was shown to be 64% more effective than surface cooling techniques for fever reduction in neurologic intensive care unit patients.
Many hospitals are adopting the American Heart Association guidelines for treatment of cardiac arrest. Clinical studies have shown that induced hypothermia in patients resuscitated after cardiac arrest helps to prevent neurologic damage and improve outcomes.4 These caregivers understand the temperature management challenges of implementing this protocol including:
- lower the temperature (32°-34°C)
- maintain target temperature for 12-24 hours \
- controlled re-warm back to normal temperatures (37°C)
- prevent rebound fever
*Patients cooled with the Alsius IVTM™ System had 2-fold increased odds of survival and had significantly reduced mortality and improved favorable neurological recovery at 30 days compared with the control group.