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Ann Emerg Med. 1990 Nov;19(11):1335-7.

Successful CPR in a severely hypothermic patient using continuous thoracostomy lavage.

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Emergency Department, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark 07103.


Severe hypothermia with cardiopulmonary arrest often requires prolonged resuscitation while rewarming procedures are implemented. A 63-year-old male in cardiopulmonary arrest with a core body temperature of 23.7 C was resuscitated successfully after core rewarming by means of a two-chest-tube continuous thoracostomy lavage procedure. This lavage procedure resulted in effective and rapid rewarming after other conventional rewarming methods had failed.

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