The study involving the use of hypothermia to treat brain injury has been stopped early due to slow recruitment and problems with the financial support of the study. The hypothermia study was aimed at examining the neuroprotective factors which could come from reducing a person’s body temperature immediately after Traumatic Brain Injury. Inconsistent results had come from a previous study involving children with TBI. A systematic review in 2009 found 23 clinical trials which looked at hypothermia as a way to lower intracranial pressure and produce neuroprotective effects. None of those studies identified the neuroprotective effects of hypothermia.
For years researchers have looked and will continue to look for ways to reduce the effects of neurotrauma. These studies remain important to us who work at the rehabilitation level. Can we identify methods and strategies to give individuals who have experienced a brain injury an opportunity to reduce injury severity and improve treatment outcomes?