BACKGROUND: Accidental hypothermia complicated by cardiac arrest carries a high mortality rate in urban areas. For moderate hypothermia cases conventional rewarming methods are usually adequate, however in severe cases extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is known to provide the most efficient rewarming with complete cardiopulmonary support. We report a case of severe hypothermia complicated by prolonged cardiac arrest successfully resuscitated using ECMO.
CASE REPORT: A 45 year old female was brought to our emergency department with a core body temperature
CONCLUSIONS: This case demonstrates the advantages of advanced internal rewarming techniques, such as ECMO, for quick and efficient rewarming of severely hypothermic patients. This case supports the use of ECMO in severely hypothermic patients as the standard of care.
Recommended CitationMorley, David; Yamane, Kentaro; O'Malley, Rika; Cavarocchi, Nicholas; and Hirose, Hitoshi, "Rewarming for accidental hypothermia in an urban medical center using extracorporeal membrane oxygenation." (2013). Department of Emergency Medicine Faculty Papers. Paper 19.