Life Recovery Systems (http://www.life-recovery.com) is a small NIH SBIR funded start up company that has developed the Thermosuit. This device is designed to cool patients in need of temperature management such as those suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest. The American Heart Association now includes in its resuscitation guidelines that patients who are unconscious following resuscitation from Ventricular Tachycardia/ and or Ventricular Fibrillation should be cooled from a normal 37 degrees C to 32 to 34 degrees C. They should be maintained at that temperature for 12 to 24 hours before re-warming. The Thermosuit system is the most rapid cooling device available to effect this temperature change. It was developed following early experiments at the University of Rhode Island during the past several years. The system is based on skin-water contact and exploits this novel heat removal approach.
Dr. Ohley will discuss the formation of the company, experimental results and current clinical experience plus proposed new applications to emergency medicine.
Speaker: Wiliam J. Ohley, PH.D.
Dr. Ohley received the M.S.E.E., from the University of Massachusetts and the Ph.D. in electrical Engineering from Stony Brook University. He has authored in excess of 100 papers, has edited several proceedings, and book chapters, and holds several patents. Currently he works in the area of cardiac assist, resuscitation, and in the use of fractals to analyze medical data. He is a recipient of the URI College of Engineering Faculty Excellence Award, the Eta Kappa Nu Appreciation Award, University of RI Intellectual Property Award, and Honor Roll of Harvard Dr. Ohley is a founding member of Life Recovery Systems which is a medical device company.
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