Date: 18 July 2013

The London Clinic, the UK’s largest independently owned non-profit hospital, is currently supporting cutting-edge medical research projects.  This specialist area of medicine is especially relevant as 15 – 21 July is Acute Medicine Awareness Week

Earlier this year, The London Clinic provided the sea level clinical testing for people taking part in the Xtreme Everest 2 project.  Subsequently the same people were studied at high altitude in a trek to Everest base camp.  The project aimed to research the human ability to adapt to low levels of oxygen at high altitude in order to develop treatments that will improve survival rates for critically ill patients in intensive care.

Intensive Care Consultant at The London Clinic, Dr John Goldstone comments:  “The studies on Everest will be translated into patients fighting for their lives in an intensive care unit.  When you collapse with a poorly functioning heart, or you have pneumonia for example, the oxygen level in your blood goes way down and this can result in organ failure.  The research the Xtreme Everest 2 team are undertaking is vital to the future of ICU”.

In the UK, one in five of us will find ourselves in intensive care at some point in our life.  Of those, a frightening 40% will die.  There is still limited understanding of why some people survive and some don’t.  Hypoxia (lack of oxygen reaching the body’s vital organs) is a common problem for intensive care units.

Intensive care consultant, Dr John Goldstone explains the Clinic’s approach to Acute Medicine Awareness Week:  “A variety of acute illnesses are treated on ICU at The London Clinic, including cancer and single organ failure.  We are proud to be supporting such important research that will have a future impact on our patients”.

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