TYLER, TX (KLTV) - TYLER, TX (KLTV) - East Texas Medical Center ambulances are chilling out...well...a small part of them, anyway.
They have installed electric coolers which hold bags of saline solution. The IV's are used to cool the body after a heart attack, which slows the body's metabolism. That protects the brain and gives the paramedics more time to get the patient to the hospital.
"The size of the service area we have and just the way we operate it made more sense for the patient, and better patient care, to go ahead and install specific coolers that will control the temperature to 40 degrees where we want to be," explained Andrew Petty, Director of Clinical Service.
In the past, the IV bags were kept in a regular cooler causing temperatures to be inconsistent.