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.
Jan. 1985 Medical Firsts
New Treatment for HIV Proves Effective. Link opens story page.
In 1985, UM/Jackson Drs. Margaret Fischl and Gordon Dickinson conducted the trial that proved the effectiveness of azidothymidine (AZT).Explore in story page.
Apr. 1925 Jackson History
1925 Rotarian Tablet in Memory of Dr. Jackson. Link opens story page.
A year after the death of Dr. James M. Jackson, fellow members of his Rotary Club Miami presented the hospital with an honorary plaque to commemorate his legacy.Explore in story page.