Dr. Neil Epperly, Intensivist (foreground) and Dr. Josh Cochrane, ED physician, demonstrate body wraps used to cool patients inner core temperature down to 92 degrees at Frye Regional Medical Center. The wraps, which encase the legs and chest areas, contain cooled water that circulates through the monitoring unit in the foreground.
Dr. Josh Cochrane, ED physician at Frye Regional Medical Center, explains how iced water travels through a series of wraps used to cool the core body temperature of a sudden cardiac arrest patient.
Kenneth Maye and grandson Andrew Sharpe
SCA survivor Kenneth Maye and grandson Andrew Sharpe
Don Barrier, of Hudson, had sudden cardiac arrest and survived, thanks to quick-acting responders and therapeutic hypothermia treatment at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.
April Traxler, Regional Approach to Cardiac Emergencies Coordinator at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.
Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013 5:30 pm
HICKORY NC – Kenneth Maye and Don Barrier have a lot in common: both nearly died from sudden cardiac arrest when their hearts stopped. Both, too, would not be alive today but for the quick responses from both family and emergency responders; and both benefited from a treatment called Therapeutic Hypothermia that each received at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.
Sudden cardiac arrest happens as a result of an electrical malfunction in the heart, causing it to stop suddenly and often without warning. It is not a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association. Heart attacks can, but most do not, lead to sudden cardiac arrest. Heart attacks are the result of the heart’s inability to pump sufficient blood in meeting the body’s needs.
Saturday, April 13, 2013 5:30 pm.