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Doctors save lives in “suspended animation”

Photo credit: Telegraph
Photo credit: Telegraph
Photo credit: Telegraph

As society progresses, the technology of medicine develops as doctors find more efficient methods to save patients’ lives. One of the most recent experiments involves doctors saving lives in a state of “suspended animation”, where the patient is between the point of life or death.

According to medics in the U.S., this can save time in saving knife and gunshot wound victims, as these type of wounds are usually proved to be fatal without this method. To put it in simpler terms for non-medicine experts, the doctors will basically cool down the patient’s overall temperature to 10 Celsius degrees, where the blood cells require less oxygen to survive, but the patient would still be alive at the same time.

The reason behind this theory is that the body at a normal temperature requires a high level of oxygen to survive, but if the heart stops beating, the patient dies immediately. While the patient is in a state of suspended animation, this buys time for doctors to repair the structural damage caused by the bullet or by the blade.

Although this method may sound fairly controversial due to the fact that doctors are putting patients’ life on a balance, Samuel Tisherman from UPMC Presbyterian Hospital further explains the procedure: “We are suspending life, but we don't like to call it suspended animation because it sounds like science fiction. So we call it emergency preservation and resuscitation.”