Surgeons at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital have been preparing to test suspended animation technology on patients who’ve suffered serious traumatic injuries to help control bleeding and keep those patients alive during surgery.
Now, UPMC is ready to give the futuristic technology a whirl.
“We are suspending life, but we don’t like to call it suspended animation because it sounds like science fiction,” says Samuel Tisherman, one of the UPMC surgeons leading the trial. “We call it emergency preservation and resuscitation.”
Trauma surgeons at UPMC Presbyterian will use the technique on 10 patients whom they’d otherwise expect to die from their injuries, and doctors on the project will be paged when a patient who’s a candidate arrives at the hospital — something which usually happens about once a month.