Doctors have placed patients in a false death state for the first time as part of an experiment in the United States to deal with trauma that could lead to death. Samuel Tisherman of the University of Maryland School of Medicine said his team put at least one patient on a false death, saying it felt “a bit surreal” when he first did it, and he didn’t say how many people survived.
The technology, officially known as Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation (EPR), is administered to patients with acute trauma such as gunshot wounds or stab wounds and cardiac arrest. The patient’s heart stopped beating and lost more than half of his blood.
Surgery usually lasts only a few minutes and has a 5% chance of survival. EPR replaces blood with cold physiological saline, rapidly cools the patient’s body temperature to 10 to 15 degrees C, and the patient’s brain activity is almost completely stopped, then out of the cooling system and sent to the operating room for surgery.
The doctor spent 2 hours dealing with the wound before warming the body’s heartbeat. Tisherman hopes to announce the full results of the operation by the end of 2020.