The world is in the midst of a pandemic, but cold rooms, a luxury that has been widely used in hospitals in Ireland, are helping save lives.
In a study published by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ireland, the researchers compared the effectiveness of the different types of cold rooms in hospitals to what it would take to create a modern version.
They found that while the use of modern cold rooms would save about 80 lives per year, using them to treat severe cold or to save people with COPD would save more than 1,000 lives per day.
The researchers also looked at how many of the cold rooms were used for each type of emergency, including those in the intensive care unit.
The study, published on Thursday, found that about half of the patients in the study were in intensive care units.
The findings, from the first systematic study of its kind, come at a time when the use and care of people with severe colds in Ireland has been under scrutiny.
The study was based on a database of more than 10,000 cold room treatments in Ireland over a three-year period, and included over 3,000 patients.
It found that patients in intensive-care units spent around one-third of their daily time in a cold room and had an average of a 20% chance of dying within 24 hours of admission.
This is a very high proportion, especially for those who are very ill.
There was also evidence that the cold room was a useful tool for some patients who needed a little extra help with their breathing.
However, the study also found that a cold-room environment can lead to problems.
It is not clear how cold rooms should be used, or how many are needed, because there is no standardized practice.
It is not the place of hospitals to set a minimum or standard for their care.
The new study will not be used to set new guidelines for cold rooms or to recommend their use.
Instead, it will be used as a guide to what type of cold room is most effective in the right circumstances, said Dr Laura O’Connell, chief executive of the Royal Colleges of Nursing and Allied Health.
The research was carried out by the University of Limerick’s Institute of Healthcare Technology.
It will be published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The Royal College’s chair, Dr Katherine Harkin, said it was important to look at how different types or types of hospitals might be able to make the most of the new findings.
She said it could be useful to look more closely at what types of warm rooms and cold rooms are used in different situations.
“We would also want to look into how much cold rooms might be required for specific patients and how many there might be,” she said.
“It’s certainly not just a matter of having a warm room, but there are things that we need to think about.”
Dr Harkin said the research had the potential to have a significant impact on patients’ health care, and that the study was the first to analyse how cold and warm rooms were different.
She added: “We do think that the use or the need for a cold and a warm space may be a way to help manage patients’ care, as well as the potential for people to survive longer in a more stable environment.”