First Human Trials of Suspended Animation to Begin for Emergencies

First Human Trials of Suspended Animation to Begin for Emergencies

The first human trials of "suspended animation" will begin with 10 patients who would be fatal to operate on otherwise.

The FDA approved a study that will allow surgeons at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital to suspend life temporarily while they operate.

The researchers behind the study are resisting to the idea of it being "suspended animation," though. Distancing themselves from science-fiction, surgeon Samuel Tisherman calls it "emergency preservation and resuscitation."

This "suspended animation" involves reducing body temperature to 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) by flushing cold saline into the system, which slows bloodflow and other biological processes, and prevents the body from bleeding out. This can be sustained for the human body for 2 hours, giving surgeons more time to perform emergency operations.

This technique was first tested on 40 pigs on 2000. The pigs received lethal wounds and were then cooled down for surgeons to resuscitate, saving 90% of the pigs with no sustained cognitive or physical impairments.

The FDA has declared the surgeons do not need informed consent from the test subjects due to the dire situation. Test subjects will have suffered a cardiac arrest after a traumatic injury, and they will have likely lost about 50 percent of their blood. The UPMC Presbyterian Hospital surgeons sees one of these cases about once a month, and without suspended animation, a person's survival in this case is less than seven percent. Because there will be no required informed consent to the procedure, people can visit this website to opt out.

Source: New Scientist

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That sounds like a great idea and all, and if they can achieve this than that is absolutely fantastic and I wish them the best of luck, but... those poor pigs that "received fatal wounds" :( Poor little things didn't know what was happening to them!

Padwolf:
That sounds like a great idea and all, and if they can achieve this than that is absolutely fantastic and I wish them the best of luck, but... those poor pigs that "received fatal wounds" :( Poor little things didn't know what was happening to them!

Eh, I say as it's fine to kill them for tasty BBQ, it's also fine to kill them in the name of saving human lives :P

Padwolf:
That sounds like a great idea and all, and if they can achieve this than that is absolutely fantastic and I wish them the best of luck, but... those poor pigs that "received fatal wounds" :( Poor little things didn't know what was happening to them!

They saved 90% of them...so 36 of them made it just fine, that's not too shabby for something done in the name of science.

The "suspended animation" term being thrown at this is pissing me off, its nothing of the sort its just a more invasive and longer term version of induced hypothermia. Except its being turned towards trauma now as well as just cardiac arrests, heart attacks and severe cerebral issues like strokes and embolisms.

It is suspended animation though. It slows cellular activity to a standstill, and the patient is technically dead during the procedure. http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/133357-Suspended-Animation-Becomes-a-Reality-Human-Trials-Underway

This stuff looks awesome. I'm glad they're letting you register to a website that lets you opt out, though. Just in case some psychopath decides to take umbrage with having their life saved because the process was experimental.

I am certainly no doctor, but this process sounds like it would do a lot more harm than good. However, I'd say the same thing about defibrillators, so I guess the best medical procedures are the ones that sound like methods of execution.

J Tyran:
The "suspended animation" term being thrown at this is pissing me off

I didn't know that this was an issue. A lot of terms are thrown around on The Escapist, such as "sexist", "politically correct", and "thrown around". The term "suspended animation" seems to be used seldom and accurately.

Daaaah Whoosh:
I am certainly no doctor, but this process sounds like it would do a lot more harm than good.

Well, since the alternative to the procedure is generally "being dead" it's hard to make that worse.

Also, they did it once on an episode of House and it was awesome. So there's that going for it too. :p

Bocaj2000:

J Tyran:
The "suspended animation" term being thrown at this is pissing me off

I didn't know that this was an issue. A lot of terms are thrown around on The Escapist, such as "sexist", "politically correct", and "thrown around". The term "suspended animation" seems to be used seldom and accurately.

I wasn't particularly referring to just the Escapist, just this new experimental procedure. Bloggers and copy paste "journalists" keep calling this suspended animation when its nothing of the sort, its just a revision of an existing medical technique that can help people suffering from life threatening cardiac and cerebral conditions. It delays brain cell death when the oxygen flow to the brain is disrupted or stopped entirely, now they are turning those techniques to severe trauma as well.

 

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