Research brief: Suspended animation 'could save lives'

Putting trauma patients into suspended animation by lowering their core body temperature could help surgeons to save their lives, according to a surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, US. Dr Hasan Alam wants to try 'freezing' patients by lowering their body temperature to about 10 degC. This will slow their metabolism down, giving surgeons longer to do their work before the damage becomes permanent.

 

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