Use of an oesophageal heat transfer device in therapeutic hypothermia

      A number of methods exist for temperature management after cardiac arrest, all of which have limitations, namely, excessive fluid loading with cold saline infusion, decreased efficacy in external cooling or rewarming methods and invasiveness required for intravascular devices.
      • Gillies M.A.
      • Pratt R.
      • Whiteley C.
      • Borg J.
      • Beale R.J.
      • Tibby S.M.
      Therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest: a retrospective comparison of surface and endovascular cooling techniques.
      Recently, a new esophageal heat transfer device has become available, offering potential advantages over current methods.
      • Kulstad E.
      • Metzger A.K.
      • Courtney D.M.
      • et al.
      Induction, maintenance, and reversal of therapeutic hypothermia with an esophageal heat transfer device.
      We report here the first clinical experience during therapeutic hypothermia in Europe with this device.
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