Ice Slurry

Ice slurry is an equal mix of ultra-small ice particles and a salt water liquid carrier. Originally, it was developed in the mid-1980s for industrial applications, particularly to replace the chilled-water cooling systems in building complexes.

Ice slurries contain ice particles that have a very high cooling capacity which is five to seven times the cooling capacity of chilled water. People suffering from cardiac arrests outside of the hospital have a lower recovery rate as their brain cells start dying rapidly 10 to 12 min after an arrest, because of the lack of blood flow to the brain. Beyond this time, the person cannot make a full recovery, even if the heart can be restarted, the person is brain dead.

Recovery rate can be improved if we are cooling the brain, using ice slurry. An ice slurry fills the lungs and if necessary, the area surrounding the carotid arteries. The blood passing through these is rapidly cooled. Chest compressions send the cooled blood to the brain. Ice slurry is injected in the body to induce rapid internal cooling.

Research shows that the ice slurry can cool the brain by 10.8 degree Fahrenheit within 10 minutes thus reducing or even stopping the damage done to the brain. Ice slurries have thus gained vital importance in the field of medicine.

Posted by M Hunt on Tuesday, September 30, 2008. Filed under , , . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Feel free to leave a response

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