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Accidental deep hypothermia with body temperature < 28 degrees C induces high mortality rates for neurological and cardiac complications for people experiencing homelessness. This article describes the experience of successful warming by ECMO in two homeless victims of unwitnessed cardiac arrest, who survived without neurological or cardiac complications. (Authors)

Accidental deep hypothermia with body temperature < 28 degrees Cinduces high mortality rates for neurological and cardiac complications.Although several reports described successful treatment of hypothermicarrest by extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), the field ofwarming in the homeless is almost completely unquestioned although themalnutrition and the co-morbidities are usually believed as relevantrisk factors for poor outcome. This article describes the experience ofsuccessful warming by ECMO in two homeless victims of unwitnessedcardiac arrest, who survived without neurological or cardiaccomplications. In conclusion, this is an initial experience and furtherresearch is required, although our results are appreciable in this highrisk subset of population. (Authors)


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2011
43
4
252-267
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