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Can Surgeons Kill a Patient to ‘Buy More Time’?

Surgeons at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will be conducting a clinical trial on patients who arrive with “catastrophic penetrating trauma” wherein patients will be drained of their blood and induced with hypothermia, The New York Times reports. According to scientists, people can survive with no oxygen for hours if their bodies are kept cold, so while at “normal body temperatures, surgeons typically have less than five minutes to restore blood flow before brain damage occurs,” this new procedure will buy a surgeon more time. Researchers hope to perform the procedure, which involves inserting a tube called a cannula into the aorta and flushing the circulatory system with a cold saline solution, on 10 patients and then reviewing the data as compared to control patients.

Read it in The New York Times.