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Burlington, Vermont 05401


The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends cooling (inducing mild hypothermia) patients who were resuscitated following cardiac arrest but who remained comatose. Induced mild hypothermia is now the standard of care for post-resuscitation patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) setting. The use of cooling has recently moved to pre-hospital and emergency department (ED) application as more current studies show that early initiation of cooling significantly improves neurologic outcomes and survival rates instead of waiting until the patient arrives in the ICU to initiate cooling. In the pre-hospital setting chilled saline (4°C) and packing the body in ice have been the primary methods to initiate induced mild hypothermia The Excel Cryo Cooling System is a non-invasive cervical collar (C-collar) that provides cooling to the carotid arteries, the main blood supply to the brain, and allows for the rapid initiation of selective cerebral cooling. The investigators are planning to use MRI-thermometry to see how quickly the Excel Cryo Cooling Collar can drop brain temperature when applied by itself. Healthy volunteers will be used for this study to provide important temperature data on the effectiveness of the Excel Cryo Cooling System. The investigators will be able to use the data from this project to further the current clinical research in induced mild hypothermia after cardiac arrest.


Inclusion Criteria: - > 18 years of age - Understands the risks involved, as detailed in the informed consent - No MRI risk factors Exclusion Criteria: - < 18 years of age & > 60 years of age - Pregnant - Any known medical problems that limit activity or decrease blood flow: underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism),poor nutrition, stroke, severe arthritis, Parkinson's disease, dementia, significant mental illness besides clinical depression, spinal cord injuries, recent serious burn, disorders that affect sensation in the extremities (e.g., diabetic neuropathy)dehydration, and any condition that limits activity or restrains the normal flow of blood. - Taking any medications (except seasonal allergy medication, over-the-counter NSAIDs, acetaminophen, or contraceptives) - Oral medications that inhibit the body's ability to respond to cold: Antidepressants, antipsychotics/neuroleptics, including phenothiazines, beta blockers, clonidine, meperidine, sedative-hypnotics. - History of cardiac condition in a family member younger than 40 years - Inability to fit in the MRI scanner (BMI > 30 kg/m2) - MRI risk factors (e.g., claustrophobia, heart condition, metal implants, etc), as detailed in the MRI safety questionnaire Heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, or temperature outside of acceptable ranges.



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Principal Investigator
Daniel Wolfson, MD
University of Vermont

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Burlington, Vermont 05401
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: March 16, 2018

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