Hypothermic Brain and Body Cooling | Romanucci & Blandin
If a baby suffers from a lack of oxygen, called hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), during labor and delivery, a new treatment for them is hypothermia. This treatment requires the baby to be cooled to about 33 degrees Celsius (91 degree Fahrenheit) for three days after they are born. Hypothermia has been found to dramatically increase the baby’s outcome if they suffered from HIE at birth and it reduces the severity of any neurological injuries.
If your child required hypothermia therapy, it is most likely that they had HIE or another physical or mental disability at birth and this may have been the result of a medical error negligence.
How Does Hypothermia Work?
There are two different types of hypothermic treatments that a baby can receive. The first is selective brain cooling and the second is whole body cooling. During selective brain or head cooling, a cap that circulates cold water is put onto the baby’s head and a machine circulates water through the cap and keeps the baby’s head at 91 degree Fahrenheit. The cap is kept on the baby’s head for 72 hours and then the baby will be slowly warmed to their normal body temperature over the course of 6-8 hours.
In whole body hypothermia, the baby is placed onto a cooling blanket that circulates cold water. This allows the baby’s body to reach the ideal temperature for hypothermia and that temperature will be maintained for 72 hours. After that time, the baby will be slowly warmed back up.
Can Medical Errors Cause HIE/Birth Asphyxia and Lead to an Infant Needing Hypothermia?
Even though hypothermia therapy has shown to have positive results for babies, whatever caused your baby to have HIE/birth asphyxia should be determined. There are many cases in which HIE/birth asphyxia was caused by a medical error or by medical negligence. Those medical errors may include:
- Delayed C-sections
- Failure to diagnose an umbilical cord problem
- Fetal monitoring errors
- Mishandling of uterine ruptures
- Placental abruption
Free Consultation with a Chicago Birth Injury Attorney
RB Law has vast experience with handling birth injury cases for babies who suffer from HIE/birth asphyxia and need hypothermia. If your baby has needed hypothermia treatment and it was caused by your child suffering from HIE due to medical negligence, you need to contact a proficient birth injury attorney right away to help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you have questions regarding your birth injury case, contact us today for a free consultation at (312) 458-1000, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.