Suspended Animation

I read this recent article from New Scientist on placing gunshot victims in a state of suspended animation as a potential life saving operation.  It is an insane and futuristic process.

NEITHER dead or alive, knife-wound or gunshot victims will be cooled down and placed in suspended animation later this month, as a groundbreaking emergency technique is tested out for the first time.

Surgeons are now on call at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to perform the operation, which will buy doctors time to fix injuries that would otherwise be lethal.

New Scientist, 26 March 2014 by Helen Thomson

It’s even crazier to me to hear the common misperception that organ donors are less likely to be saved because their organs are more useful to others.  This FDA approved trial tells me something drastically different – the medical profession is all about saving lives, no matter how unlikely the chances of success.

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