SHORT REPORTSSevere Accidental Hypothermia CenterDarocha, Tomasza,c; Kosiński, Sylweriuszd; Jarosz, Annaa; Gałązkowski, Robertc,e; Sadowski, Jerzyb; Drwiła, RafałaAuthor Information aDepartment of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, John Paul II Hospital bDepartment of Cardiovascular Surgery & Transplantology, Institute of Cardiology, Collegium Medicum, Jagiellonian University, John Paul II Hospital, Cracow cPolish Medical Air Rescue dDepartment of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Pulmonary Hospital, Tatra Mountains Rescue Team, Zakopane eDepartment of Emergency Medicine, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland Correspondence to Tomasz Darocha, MD, PhD, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, John Paul II Hospital, Pradnicka 80, 31-202 Cracow, Poland. Tel/fax: +48 126143362; e-mail: [email protected] Received June 1, 2014 Accepted August 28, 2014 European Journal of Emergency Medicine: August 2015 - Volume 22 - Issue 4 - p 288-291 doi: 10.1097/MEJ.0000000000000213 Buy Metrics Abstract Hypothermic patients may be rewarmed using passive or active techniques. In case of severe accidental hypothermia (temperature<28°C) and stage III/IV according to the Swiss Staging System, standard methods might not be effective and aggressive treatment is needed. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has proved to be both effective and safe in such cases. The Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, John Paul II Hospital, Cracow, Poland, established the Severe Accidental Hypothermia Center, which provides 24 h on-call to consult and accept patients who need ECMO implantation for profound hypothermia rewarming. Our center is so far the only one in Poland and can accept patients from south-east Poland. Most importantly, it collaborates with all prehospital medical services, namely, with 115 Ambulances, Polish Medical Air Rescue, Mountain Rescue Services, and all 28 Emergency Departments in the area. Severe Accidental Hypothermia Center is a solution for advanced treatment of patients with accidental hypothermia requiring ECMO implantation. Copyright © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.