Suspended Animation

TitleSuspended Animation
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsFunke, MB, Boxall, SF, Myers, GA, Potthast, A
ReporterAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Date Published09/2014
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication LanguageEnglish
AbstractA Pennsylvania hospital will be testing out a new emergency technique in the upcoming months on patients who are dying but not yet dead. The technique will be tested out on ten patients who have gone in to cardiac arrest after suffing a knife or gunshot wound. After attempts to restart the heart have failed, the patient's blood will be replaced with a cold saline solution that quickly cools the body, stopping cellular activity. In this state, cells need less oxygen and doctors have far more time to repair the patient's wounds.  The technique seems very promising, but is still in a very experimental stage, though animal testing has shown some promise.
NotesCopyright 2014, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Case from the 2014 Regional Ethics Bowl
Audience LevelUndergraduate Students