Top Neurology Programs Control Fever with Arctic Sun Cooling Technology
Medivance’s safe temperature management technology, aggressive fever control may improve neurologic outcomes after stroke or brain injury
Nearly 80 percent, or 23 of the 30 top-ranked neurology programs at community and academic medical centers, are among numerous hospitals that prefer the ease, speed and safety of the nurse-implemented Arctic Sun.
Aggressive fever control improves outcomes
Mounting clinical evidence suggests that aggressively controlling fever potentially improves outcomes.
Investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital, which employs the Arctic Sun and was ranked the #3 neurology program in US News & World Report, analyzed data from 39 studies that enrolled more than 14,400 patients with ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke and traumatic brain injuries. They found that in all studies, fever was consistently linked to poor outcomes: higher mortality, greater disability, worse functional outcomes, greater severity, and longer ICU stays. The study was reported in Stroke.
“This study shows a clear association of fever with worse neurological outcome for any brain-injured patient, regardless of the outcome measure used,” said lead author
Presentations at the 2009 Stroke meeting also advance the case for using mild therapeutic hypothermia to treat neurologic injury.
Notably, radiographic findings presented by researchers from the
Least invasive interventions preferred
Preference for the non-invasive Arctic Sun by the top neurology programs is in keeping with the strong trend in medicine toward employing the most effective, least invasive methods with the lowest risk of serious complications.
“The nation’s best neurology programs have in common an unwavering commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes for their patients,” said Medivance CEO
About Medivance’s Arctic Sun
The non-invasive Arctic Sun Temperature Management System precisely monitors and maintains core body temperature in a therapeutic range, between 32 degrees and 38.5 degrees Celsius (approximately 89.6 degrees to 101.3 degrees Fahrenheit) with the potential to minimize damage to the heart and brain. The patented design of the Arctic Sun and ArcticGel(TM) Pads enables them to transfer up to five times more thermal energy than conventional products such as water blankets, wraps or ice packs, resulting in more efficient temperature management. The system’s precision also enables the slow rewarming thought to be critical to therapeutic benefit. The Arctic Sun has received 510(k) FDA clearance in the U.S., the European Union’s CE Mark, marketing approval in
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