Mild hypothermia during hemorrhagic shock in rats improves survival without significant effects on inflammatory responses.

Wu X, Stezoski J, Safar P, et al.
Crit Care Med 2003;31(1):195-202.
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In this laboratory study, mild-moderate hypothermia was associated with reduced inflammatory reaction. Clinically, hemorrhagic shock is usually associated with trauma and is compounded by hypothermia. Although hypothermia is protective for the central nervous system, it is associated with significant coagulapathy and poor survival of trauma patients. Controlled hypothermia may be beneficial therapy but more evidence must be obtained before adopting this therapy.

– Aryeh Shander

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