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VOLUME 19 , ISSUE 6 ( 2015 ) > List of Articles


Induced hypothermia for trauma-related ARDS

Gagandeep Dhillon, Akshata S. Kamat, K.P. Mulavisala

Keywords : Acute respiratory distress syndrome, hypothermia, hypoxia, trauma

Citation Information : Dhillon G, Kamat AS, Mulavisala K. Induced hypothermia for trauma-related ARDS. Indian J Crit Care Med 2015; 19 (6):353-355.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.158278

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-06-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2015; The Author(s).


We report a case of 27-year-old male with lung contusions related acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) managed by ARDSNet guidelines and additional hypothermia. On 4 th day, post trauma partial pressure of oxygen dropped to 38 mm of mercury (Hg), not improving even on high positive end-expiratory pressure of 18 cm water (H 2 O), inverse ratio ventilation and fraction of inspired oxygen of 1. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation was ruled out due to the risk of hemorrhage from trauma sites. Thereafter, hypothermia along with muscle paralysis was considered to reduce total body oxygen consumption. Patient′s condition improved under hypothermia, and he was extubated and taken up for fracture fixation surgeries and discharged later in stable condition.

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