Cool New Treatment for Cardiac Arrest

Thursday, December 04, 2008

City ambulances will be taking a new tack with patients struck by cardiac arrest. Starting next year, EMS paramedics will take many heart attack victims to certain hospitals where their bodies can be cooled down, even if those hospitals with specialized cooling equipment are farther away.

Doctor Stephan Mayer is head of the neurological intensive care unit at New York Presbyterian Columbia. He's one of the people who spearheaded the new emergency response strategy city-wide, and he joins us now.


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