Dr. Schoeffler continued, “[For] all of our patients who come in with a cardiac arrest, we started a hypothermic protocol in 2003… [You’re] supported on a ventilator, paralyzed and sedated so that you can’t shiver to generate body heat.” Keeping the body temperature down, you see, is vital for a patient’s recovery after they have suffered a cardiac arrest. How so? Well, it’s all to do with the brain.
Yes, it’s the brain that benefits the most from the cooling process in cases like Jill’s. “You basically chill the body – and more importantly the brain – for about 24 [to] 36 hours,” Dr. Schoeffler explained. The objective is to hopefully avoid neurological damage as a result of a cardiac arrest.