Alcohol-Based Resuscitation Fluid for Crash Head Injuries

 

Don’t Drink And Drive is universal, but recent findings show that in the event of a serious crash where head injuries are sustained, a patient has more chance of survival if a small amount of alcohol is in his system;  However high blood alcohol levels do lead to a 73% higher risk chance of dying in hospital.

Researchers believe low to moderate blood alcohol levels may protect the brain during traumatic brain injury by preventing some of the secondary mechanisms that occur following the initial trauma.

It is not suggested that people drink and drive just to improve their chances of survival. “Overall, they are at much greater risk of dying if they drive while intoxicated,”  “What is implied is that there may be a role for an alcohol-based resuscitation fluid in improving outcomes in adequately resuscitated patients with severe head injury.”

 

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