Skip to comments.How an Australian hospital is bringing clinically dead people back to life
Posted on 05/15/2013 9:43:30 AM PDT by neverdem
Resurrection may no longer be the stuff of myth
Doctors at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne have a knack for resurrection. Thanks to a combination of two resuscitation techniques, the Australian team has successfully revived three patients who were officially dead for between 40 and 60 minutes.
One of those patients was 39-year-old Colin Fielder, who suffered a heart attack last year. While being whisked away in the ambulance, he was asked which of the two nearby hospitals he preferred. "For some reason, I said The Alfred, which is pretty lucky because they are the only one that has it," Fielder said.
"It" is the AutoPulse, a portable CPR machine that performs constant chest compressions that essentially keep the heart beating. What makes the AutoPulse unique is that instead of pistons pressing and lifting only one part of the sternum, the AutoPulse uses a band that wraps around and squeezes the entire chest. (See a video of the machine in action below.) As a result, "victims receive more consistent, high-quality compressions which means improved blood flow," according to the manufacturer's website.
In addition to the AutoPulse, The Alfred doctors also used a technique on Fielder called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) it's essentially an artificial lung outside the body that keeps oxygen and blood flowing to the patient's brain and vital organs. ECMOs have been used in the past for lung transplant recipients as well as extremely ill newborns. But it is this combination of ECMOs and the AutoPulse, currently in clinical trials at The Alfred, that has proved successful in reviving the dead.
The combination of the ECMO and AutoPulse help to keep the body "living" while also giving doctors time to diagnose the heart attack source and treat it. More time and care means an increased chance of...
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The catch is that, once revived, they develop an overpowering hunger for living flesh.
Looks like it’s started.....
Ummm.... your friendly local IPAB (Independent Payment Advisory Board)?
What happens if they end up being able to do it to someone that’s been dead for a couple days?
With the IRS being involved in Obamacare, I think they will deny that they will be merely "playing".
Don’t we, in effect, “play God” every time we treat a patient medically? God is capable of calling home His own when their time is up.
It would be interesting to know the real effects on the brain.
They’re only mostly dead.
or execute people, or have wars?
In the Brave New Obamaworld, that would be the IRS.
This technique is great because it keeps oxygen and blood flowing to prevent organ damage, especially brain damage until the person can be “fixed.” :) It’s not going to work on anyone who’s been dead for more than a few minutes before started.
If they are revived, they were not dead
If clinical death is not “death” then will they stop organ harvesting and stop death by dehydration of coma victims and locked in victims and twilight consciousness people because they think their brains are “clinically dead”
or call it euthanasia?
Health insurance companies will love this.
“Sorry, you’re coverage expired when you did. All of the costs for bringing you back are on you”.
Notice: Don’t use on any Democrat.
or just pining for the fjords
When does the soul leave the body? If they resuscitate, does the soul return? If the body has no soul does it get elected President?
I didn’t have the heart compression mentioned here, but I got the extra oxygen and then ECV — Electrocardioversion — to stop my heart — then get it going again at a regular beat rather than the 100-140 resting heart beat that I had been experiencing due to a-fib.
I suppose you could see it that way. But I assumed the “playing God” trope was directed at those who would PROLONG life, not those who would cut it short.
Well, then you got another democrat.
No worries, Obamacare and the FDA won’t allow such a contraption in the U.S.
You have a duty to die...
He can then pay it out of the life insurance policy he collects on.
God “plays God”.
It’s the Doc’s job to provide the best care possible.
“how old is too old? Who plays God?”
Obama! and his team on the death panel. It is first and formost Political then it is economics.
So old rich democrats get whatever they need. Conservative white males will get nothing more than an aspirin.
Well, you asked:
Miracle Max: Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive. With all dead, well, with all dead there’s usually only one thing you can do.
Inigo Montoya: What’s that?
Miracle Max: Go through his clothes and look for loose change.
“Sorry, Mr. Smith, you’re alive...you can’t collect on that life insurance policy. Come back when you’re actually dead.”
Well, He is the begining and the end
We do best when we do what we can and improve as we go. MOO!
Hold on everybody, much ado about nothing. This is clearly a hoax, as we all know countries with universal healthcare don’t innovate anything.
It won’t work on Obamacare.......
Or voting liberal.
Actually, this device wasn’t the innovation of any country’s universal healthcare system. It is the invention of a subsidiary of Asahi Kasei, a large for profit company traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
The DNC has been doing this every election cycle.
Yes, how many brain damaged people and will Obama pay to care for them!
0bama will check your IRS records and political affiliations before approving this potentially life-saving treatment.
Don’t worry. Tea Partiers can be assured of the same fairness as they are getting from the IRS.
Death is irreversible. If someone is revived, they were NOT DEAD!
You ask “How old is too old?”
Well, considering the broken ribs I’ve heard crack on the elderly during normal compressions, I can’t imagine what this machine that squeezes all around the chest will do.
What about miracles?
Now under Obama Care I imagine that there would be considerably few than 40,000 Americans saved by this technique.
Under Obama Care when they wheel you in to the Emergency Room at the hospital the first thing that will happen is that your SS number will be entered in to the AHCA computer data base which will use an algorithm that take in to account your age, healthcare use to date and your current productivity to determine your over all worth to society and from that worth determine your available course of treatment.
Now if you are an 87 year old retired janitor with diabetes and high blood pressure I am afraid that you are SOL. They are going to slap a DNR tag on your chest and call your next of kin to claim your corpse.
Actually, the first thing they will do is determine if you are one of them (Liberal) or one of us (conservative, Christian, Jewish, Patriot).
If you are one of us, you are SOL at any age.
FReepmail me if you want on or off my health and science ping list.
The Government, of course. After all, they're "here to help you".
They’re not dead. They’re not dead. They’re not. They’re getting better. They don’t want to go on the cart. They feel fine. They think they’ll go for a walk. They feel happy. They feel happy.
The pseudononymous irony of it all. Well done, Mr. Lucky.
Dr. Parnia is the one I’ve heard of. His method is good for more than 60 minutes, IIRC.