Efficacy of an Investigational Thermal Rehab Machine on Body Cooling in Hyperthermic Individuals

2018-08-27 22:30:15 | BioPortfolio


Exertional heat stroke (EHS) is an emergency medical condition that is prevalent in military soldiers, athletes, and laborers. It is diagnosed when the rectal temperature is above 40°C with the presence of central nervous dysfunction (altered mental status). The gold standard method of care for EHS is immediate onsite whole body cooling using cold-water immersion (cooling rates >0.15°C•min-1), which is reported to have the highest cooling rate. In the treatment of EHS, selecting a cooling modality with a high cooling rate becomes crucial to minimize the time above the critical threshold of body temperature at 40°C to less than 30 minutes for the best chance of survival and to minimize the severity of prognosis. However, in situations where cold water immersion is not feasible (in certain military, firefighter, or other remote settings), other cooling modalities must be available that have a cooling capacity similar to that of cold-water immersion. In this proposed study, the investigators aim to examine the cooling rates of the Polar Breeze® device (developed by Statim Technologies, LLC, Clearwater, FL) compared to rotating ice towels, a cooling method often recommended by sports medicine professionals as an alternative to cold-water immersion, and passive rest in participants with exercise-induced hyperthermia.

Study Design


Cryotherapy Effect


Thermal Rehab Machine, Forearm Ice Towels


University of North Carolina at Greensboro
North Carolina
United States




University of North Carolina, Greensboro

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