Imagine having your life saved by a cooling device applied by the health care experts at Palmetto Health Heart Hospital. That's just what happened to Marty Bradley who suffered a cardiac arrest.
Upon arrival at the hospital Bradley was unresponsive and taken directly to the catheterization lab before being moved to the Coronary Care Unit. There he was treated with the Arctic Sun, a device that helps to prevent brain injury in cardiac arrest patients and allows them better outcomes after the event.
The Arctic Sun has pads that cover 40 percent of the body's surface and mimics being immersed in ice water. This cutting-edge device is used by critical care specialists to significantly lower the body temperature of patients who have suffered cardiac arrest from heart-related causes, had a heat stroke, or experienced brain swelling after a stroke. Lowering the body temperature in this way decreases the amount of oxygen the brain uses among other things, thus protecting the brain and limiting permanent brain damage. When the body is re-warmed, more patients survive with improved neurological function which is why the Palmetto Health Richland has invested in three of the devices, covering the ER, MICU and CCU.
Mr. Bradley's heart rhythm did not return for 30 minutes, yet with the Arctic Sun's assistance, he came out of the traumatic experience feeling as well as he did prior to the cardiac arrest. "I am so pleased with my outcome. I feel just like I did before," says Mr. Bradley, "and, I am so thankful that I was able to take advantage of this technology. I believe if it hadn't been for the Arctic Sun, I wouldn't be here today."