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June 30, 2013

Anderson cardiac patients benefit from advanced temperature management system

MERIDIAN —     Anderson Regional Medical Center now offers Meridian’s only Arctic Sun 5000, a  highly advanced temperature management therapy for cardiac arrest patients.

    Body temperature, a measured and controlled vital sign, can impact a patient’s recovery from cardiac arrest and can be intentionally manipulated as a treatment option. Therapeutic hypothermia is a process in which the patient’s body temperature is cooled for 24 hours and then slowly re-warmed to prevent irreversible neurological damage.

    “This is another technological advancement improving the quality patient care provided to cardiac patients at Anderson Regional Medical Center,” said Dr. Dale Touchstone, cardiologist, Meridian Medical Associates.

    “This technology is being used on complete cardiac arrest patients in the Emergency Department but also can be used on patients in the hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Care Unit and other units.”

    The American Heart Association cites cooling as a standard of care following cardiac arrest. Unlike traditional cooling methods, such as ice or water blankets, the Arctic Sun incorporates advanced, non-invasive technology to adjust body temperature to exacting specifications. This results in more efficient temperature management and can minimize damage to the heart and brain. The precise, slow re-warming provided by the system is also beneficial for recovery.

    Hailed as a medical breakthrough by The Wall Street Journal’s Technology Innovation Awards, the Arctic Sun therapeutic temperature management device is the only precise, non-invasive patient cooling device used at more than 70 percent of the nation’s top hospitals. 

    Anderson Regional Medical Center is the largest health care facility in East Mississippi/West Alabama and provides services through many centers, including the region’s most established heart center and only regional cancer center.

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