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. 2018 Employee Stories
Fighting the Unknown. Link opens story page.
More than 30 years ago, Miami became the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic. When the first patients came to Jackson Memorial Hospital in the 1980s with this unnamed disease, I was a young doctor, fresh out of residency, at the beginning of my career.Explore in story page.
Apr. 2009 Miracle Stories
Innovative Procedure Helps Children with Eye Cancer. Link opens story page.
In 2009, 7-year-old Christina Katsouris underwent an extremely rare, new surgery at Holtz Children’s Hospital to treat retinoblastoma, a rare childhood cancer that occurs in the retina of the eye.Explore in story page.
Jan. 1947 Miracle Stories
A Young Black Nurse Shatters Healthcare Barriers. Link opens story page.
In the summer of 1947, Thelma Vernell Anderson Gibson returned home from nursing school, and wasted no time shattering racial healthcare barriers.Explore in story page.