Canadian researcher Joseph Fisher, part -time anesthesiologist from the Toronto Hospital Research Institute, has developed a new way of rapidly eliminating alcohol from the blood of ambulance patients. To do this, he used the device of his own development of Clearmate, designed for safe lung hyperventilation. Together with colleagues, Fisher founded the ThornHill Medical to promote Clearmate to the masses.
Initially, the device was created as part of the study of the idea of whether it is possible to make lung hyperventilation safe for humans. This is a very effective way to purify the lungs of harmful gases, including ethanol evaporation, but the human body does not withstand two minutes of such therapy. The reason is that if carbon dioxide from the blood is too quickly removed, it has nothing to quickly replace it, and the body falls into a dangerous state – hypocapsnia. Fisher managed to solve this problem, pumping through light mixture of oxygen with carbon dioxide.
The inventor himself is surprised why neither he nor anyone else came up with such an idea many years ago. Clearmate – low -tech device, extremely cheap, it can be made in any workshop and used without restrictions. In 2019, FDA approved the device for the treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning, the effectiveness of which was confirmed by clinical research. Getting rid of intoxication was the next step in the development of technology.
The first experiments showed that although hyperventilation is not a panacea, it is three times accelerating the withdrawal of alcohol from the blood of patients. The process is not instantaneous and not too pleasant, but it will greatly help ambulance doctors who often have to deal with alcoholic poisoning. In particular, with the help of intensive hyperventilation, you can only reduce the concentration of alcohol in the patient’s blood below the deadly in just 30-40 minutes to work with him in more calm conditions.
Source — University Health Networks