The use of therapeutic hypothermia (TH) in clinical medicine is no longer a rarity. Since the modern inception of this technique by Fay in the 1940s, TH has been used for a variety of clinical scenarios. (1,2) TH has gained significant popularity as a brain-protection strategy in victims of sudden cardiac death in whom return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) has been obtained with coma.
In the year 2008, knowledge and technology develop continually in every field of our lives, and, with no exception, in critical care medicine as well. This continuous growth is implicit in our daily activities. We could not imagine our lives today without it. Nowadays, as health care professionals, we surely do not want a fever to last for one week before we can make a diagnosis of typhoid fever for our patients. We can use some simple tests instead and institute prompt therapy.
The year 2004 shook the world with earthquakes, hurricanes and Tsunamis in a way we would never imagine. Thousands of people died, were injured, missing or became homeless. Government agencies, health-care associations and citizens in general take part in planning for emergency preparedness and action when a natural disaster strikes a geographical area in such a devastating way. International humanitarian associations also participate in offering relief to the regions most critically affected.