Approximately one in every 1,000 babies suffers from hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a loss of oxygen at birth. Clinical studies indicate therapeutic hypothermia, including whole-body cooling begun within six hours after birth, reduces brain injury associated with the hypoxic- ischemic exposure, minimizing or avoiding consequences that might otherwise include cerebral palsy or severe cognitive and visual impairments. Depending on the severity of hypoxia-ischemia, up to 50% of babies may sustain neurological damage or death without the therapy.WCVB-TV Channel 5 in Boston recently broadcast a story about the successful use of the technique in a series called Miracle of Mia. The videos document the story of Mia Ordway, newborn daughter Glenn Ordway, "one of only 11 babies to have used the cooling blanket since Children's Hospital got it last summer. Now 4 months old, she's thriving." See the video here.
Following nationwide trials involving 500 infants, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) concluded in 2005 that not using therapeutic hypothermia for treating HIE resulted in greater neurological damage. Physicians at Children's Hospital Boston instituted a protocol beginning in July 2007. Using the CSZ Blanketrol® II Hypo-Hyperthermia System with CSZ cooling/warming blankets, physicians cool an infant's F) for 72 hours before rewarming to normal body temperature.
Aug 1, 2008
Cooling Blanket Reduces Brain Damage at Birth (Neonatal Therapeutic Hypothermia)
Medical News Today reports on neonatal therapeutic hypothermia protocol at Children's Hospital in Boston in press release from Cincinnati Sub-Zero: Minimizing Neurological Damage From Infant At-Birth Trauma With Moderate Whole-Body Cooling - Children's Hospital Boston.