Salon Worker Praised Cryotherapy — Then ‘Froze To Death’ During Treatment

28 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

After cryotherapy death, two Las Vegas salons shuttered — and no one set to investigate.

LAS VEGAS — A Las Vegas spa where an employee was found frozen and dead inside a liquid nitrogen chamber used for cryotherapy treatments wasn’t licensed by the city, county or state to perform cosmetic or other procedures, authorities said Tuesday. The disclosures followed the death of 24-year-old Chelsea Patricia Ake-Salvacion, who was found Oct. 20 in a chamber used to provide the increasingly popular but largely unregulated treatments for pain and other conditions. Ake said he was told his niece texted her boyfriend on the night before she was found dead and said she was going to use the cryotherapy chamber at the Rejuvenice spa.

The bizarre death of Chelsea Ake-Salvacion, an aesthetician at Rejuvenice, made headlines after she praised the benefits of the treatment, which entails exposing the body to sub-zero temperatures, to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Medical examiners told her family she died in “seconds” after she entered the machine alone, and her family said she “froze to death.” She was reportedly in the machine for more than 10 hours when her body was found. According to the Review-Journal, the Nevada State Board of Cosmetology inspectors planned to visit the two Rejuvenice locations Tuesday afternoon to determine whether unlicensed services were being provided to clients. Athletes who have long used ice baths to ease their aches and pains have turned to whole body cryotherapy as a quicker way to recover after exercise or competition. The treatment also is promoted as aiding weight loss, improving healing and increasing blood circulation, leading some salons to offer cryotherapy facials as an anti-aging remedy.

Making sure you are okay.” “It’s like going into an operating room with no help and operating on yourself probably not a good strategy,” Carrison said. “Unfortunately she paid for it with her life.” “We are all incredibly saddened,” a spokesperson told the Review-Journal. “Chelsea was not only an employee, but a friend to most of us, and a wonderful person with a beautiful soul.” As Ake-Salvacion’s family, friends and employers mourned her death, Las Vegas authorities seemed at a loss over which authority should investigate it. State regulators ordered both locations shut down indefinitely after owners weren’t able to provide proof of worker compensation insurance, said Teri Williams, spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Business and Industry and the state Division of Industrial Relations. The Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it is not responsible because Ake-Salvacion wasn’t on the clock when she used the cryotherapy machine.

The owners were fined $1,000. “We didn’t even know who they were,” Gary Landry, executive director of the state cosmetology board, said about the spa owners. “They had never approached us.” Cryotherapy involves placing users inside a chamber with sub-zero temperatures for a short time to relieve pain. USCryotherapy of Sacramento offered “heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of the victim,” but wanted to make something clear. “We feel compelled to continue to educate the public about our centers and our equipment,” the company said in a statement posted to its Web site. “The incident occurred in a nitrogen cooled unit which we are not affiliated with.”

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