Cooling therapy cost-effective

August 5, 2009 2:33:25 PM PDT
Therapeutic hypothemia helps lesson the risk for brain damage after cardiac arrest by cooling the body's organs. The therapy was added into the American Heart Association's recommendations in 2005, but many hospitals still don't offer the treatment. One reason may be because it is perceived not to be cost-effective.

But a new study done by researchers at the Universoty of Pennsylvania School of Medicine shows the therapy is just as cost-effective as other life-saving measures.

Doctors hope this will result in more hospitals using the therapy. About a quarter of medical centers in our area are now using it including the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Penn Prsbyterian, Jefferson, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Lankenau Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Lehigh Valley Hospital.

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