Treating Hypothermia from Within
In November 2008, UHealth/Jackson physicians Drs. Nicholas Namias, Carl I. Schulman, and Louis R. Pizano, along with physician residents Drs. Joseph P. Corallo and Booker King, became the first in the world to use an internal warming method to prevent hypothermia during burn surgery.
A 53-year-old male patient arrived at Ryder Trauma Center with approximately 70 percent of his body burned, after a highly pressurized machine used for orange juice pasteurization malfunctioned.
In hopes of preventing hypothermia, which occurs in burn patients due to the excessive body heat escaping through the burned skin, doctors used a modified Seldinger technique. They placed a thermal regulation catheter through the femoral vein into the patient’s inferior vena cava – a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood into the heart. The catheter was then connected to the thermal regulation device, and doctors began successfully warming the patient’s core from within.
Feb. 2011 Miracle Stories
Paralyzed Gymnast Walks Again After Hypothermia Treatment. Link opens story page.
After fracturing and dislocating a vertebra in his neck, longtime gymnast Jorge Valdes’ chances of walking were slim. But a week after his fall, Jorge was discharged from Jackson Memorial Hospital – walking.Explore in story page.
Jun. 1918 Jackson History
New Miami City Hospital Opens in Midst of Influenza Epidemic. Link opens story page.
On June 25, 1918, the new Miami City Hospital, spearheaded by physician Dr. James M. Jackson, opened its doors to the community in the midst of an influenza epidemic.Explore in story page.
Sep. 1952 Jackson History
University of Miami Opens School of Medicine. Link opens story page.
In 1952, the University of Miami School of Medicine opened and welcomed its first class of 28 students -- 26 men and two women.Explore in story page.