NORTH ROYALTON -- After cardiac arrest, stoke or traumatic brain injury, the sooner the brain is cooled, the better.
Lowering the brains temperature, inducing hypothermia, is done at hospitals to help patients, but now it can be done at the site of the injury.
Life Core Technologies has developed a cerebral cooling system that emergency crews can administer.
WKYC Photojournalist Mike Greene brings you the story.
It is a cervical collar, so they follow a normal protocol of putting our collar on. But in addition, they have a unique front opening that allows for the addition of an extreme cooling element, a chemical pack that cools the brain about 1.5 or 1.7 degrees, within 10 to 15 minutes.
It slows the brain down, so it requires less oxygen, and also prevents swelling. It can be done in the field, it can be done on the way to the hospital, it can be done throughout the hospital. And you still maintain that mild hypothermia throughout the course of treatment of the patient.
It's manufactured at Laszeray Technology in North Royalton. They started their business in the early 90's as a custom mold builder, and migrated into product development and custom injection molding.
What they were looking for was a "womb to tomb" manufacturing house that could help them with their design and development of the end product, thru the tool build and injecting and assembling the product.
The excel cooling system is currently distributed nationwide, and in Canada. Locally, over 80 municipalities that are under University Hospitals medical command, have the system ready to use in their emergency vehicles.
University Hospitals has a lot of technology in saving lives, but the patient has to arrive there, and they have to arrive there alive as well.
By inducing hypothermia as soon as possible, not only does the patient have a better chance for surviving, they're more likely to have a better quality of life after they leave the hospital.