Suspended Animation Trials Set

UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the site in the coming weeks for the first large-scale human suspended animation trials; ten patients with imminently fatal injuries will have their blood replaced with cool saline to reduce the body’s oxygen demands and buy surgeons more time to repair the damage.

Emergency preservation and resuscitation (they don’t like the “suspended animation” because it sounds too science-fictiony) cools the body to ten degrees C; effectively halting all processes. The technique was developed 14 years ago and has proven generally effective in animals, but haven’t been implemented in humans until now. It’ll be tested out on people with such severe injuries that the normal survival rate is seven percent or less.

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