Researchers have recently performed an analysis on data to see whether hypothermia can reduce brain damage after an insult.

Canadian investigators performed a randomized trial between 1999 and 2004 to determine if elective hypothermia is better than normothermia (37.0° C) at preventing adverse outcomes in children with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Children aged 1–17 years with a Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) of ≤ 8 were enrolled. Patients randomized to hypothermia were cooled with surface cooling techniques until they had esophageal temperatures of 32.5° ± 0.5°C for 24 hours.

After rewarming those in the hypothermia group (at a rate of 0.5°C every two hours), and beginning immediately for the normothermia group, core temperature was maintained at 37.0° ± 0.5°C until intracranial hypertension resolved.

In multi-center clinical trial involving children the researchers tested whether moderate hypothermia (32-33 degrees Celsius) induced in a child could slow brain damage after they underwent a traumatic brain insult. They compared it to those who only had normal body temperature of (36.5-37.5 degrees Celsius). The researchers found that by inducing hypothermia in the pediatric patients at a temp of 32 degrees Celsius could actually reduce mortality. This is evidence that cooler temperatures can help to slow damage to the brain. Brain injury lawyer.

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