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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Program - Code Cool It



Sudden cardiac arrest is a killer, causing more than 350,000 deaths a year.  Even if patients survive, chances are high that they will have permanent brain damage.  One way to save lives and lessen the risk of brain damage is to quickly cool the patient's core body temperature and brain through a process call therapeutic hypothermia.

With its Code Cool It program, Central Baptist Hospital uses therapeutic hypothermia in eligible patients who are resuscitated after cardiac arrest.  

Many different health care providers and medical specialists must work closely together to treat patients with hypothermia.  Cooling often begins before the patient is transferred to Central Baptist Hospital.  Special equipment, medications and processes are used to quickly cool the patient to the ideal temperature. Then, the patient is carefully managed by cardiologists, intensive care doctors and other medical staff throughout treatment and recovery.

Cool the Brain - Induced Hypothermia Code Cool It

Unfortunately, only 5% of hospital cardiac arrest victims survive.  At CBH, treatment with induced hypothermia has proven to dramatically increase survival rates and neurologic outcomes.

Critical to our success is the ability to manage our patients with Arctic Sun™ Temperature Management System to rapidly cool patients to 33° C post cardiac arrest.

Central Baptist Hospital's unique Code Cool It protocol is activated with a single phone call and is conducted in cooperation with AMI/STEMI protocols.  That call activates the Code Cool It team and enables the referring physician to promptly reach the interventional cardiologist and intensivist to discuss the patient's care.

Learn more about Sudden cardiac arrest.

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