Medcool's RapidCool technology:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Medcool has received US FDA 510(k) clearance to market its noninvasive RapidCool system for reducing head and body temperature where clinically indicated - eg in hyperthermic patients. The device uses a patented disposable helmet that directs agitated cold water to the scalp, plus standard body and neck pads to rapidly cool the head and body. It reduces temperature to a set point in the range of 32-37 degrees C, and does not interfere with other hospital procedures such as cardiac catheterisation. A growing body of research indicates that mild hypothermia, in the range of 32-34 degrees C, could have a protective effect, reducing damage from cardiac arrest, stroke, brain injury and other traumatic events, said the Wellesley, Massachusetts firm.