An exciting new research programme lead by Scottish researchers will try to determine whether cooling the bodies of patients who have suffered brain injuries could increase their recovery and decrease long term disability.
Hypothermia is something, which generally is thought to be dangerous and in some cases life threatening but work is being done to determine if inducing hypothermia in patients could actually protect their brain from further damage.
A two million pound study is being carried out to investigate this. Evidence from past studies suggests that inducing hypothermia puts the body into hibernation and allows the brain to function with a reduced blood supply.
Accidents at work, road traffic accidents, trips and falls frequently lead to head injuries which can result in swelling of the brain and reduced blood flow to the brain. The consequences of traumatic brain injuries can be devastating and life changing for the patient and their families and loved ones.
It is estimated that in Europe each year there are around one million admissions to hospital due to a traumatic brain injury. Here’s hoping the study is a success and the outcome equates to better care and better chances for those who have suffered a brain injury and their families and loved ones.