The European Association of Surfing Doctors (EASD) are delighted to welcome Dr. Michael Wanscher and Dr. Steen Barnung to Ireland to speak on Pre- and In-hospital resuscitation strategies in accidental hypothermia at the 3rd Annual Conference in Surfing Medicine, The Glasshouse, Sligo on 10th September 2014.
Dr. Barnung and Wanscher will share their experience from the Danish Præstø Fjord boating accident in 2011 where seven (7) patients with profound (Median Temperature: 18.4°C; Range: 15.5-20.2°C) accidental hypothermic circulatory arrest were successfully resuscitated using a management approach that employed extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) rewarming, successive periods of therapeutic hypothermia and sedated normothermia, and intensive neurorehabilitation. Furthermore, seven (7) other hypothermic victims (Minimum Core Temperature: 23°C) that did not suffer circulatory arrest also survived the accident.
Reference: Wanscher et al. Outcome of accidental hypothermia with or without circulatory arrest: experience from the Danish Præstø Fjord boating accident. Resuscitation. 2012 Sep;83(9):1078-84.