Chilled Blankets May Help Prevent Injury to Newborns Deprived of Oxygen at Birth

by | Jul 5, 2012 | Firm News, Medical Malpractice |

A new study set for publication in the New England Journal of Medicine
indicates that a simple device can help doctors stop injuries that infants
sometimes suffer because of a lack of oxygen flow to the brain.

According to the study, the use of cooling blankets to lower a newborn’s
temperature for 72 hours after birth can help combat damage to the brain
– sometimes resulting in cerebral palsy, lowered IQ and other problems
– stemming from an interruption of oxygen flow during birth. Researchers
found that cooling blankets reduced both rates of death and cerebral palsy.

As a result of the study, the use of cooling blankets is now considered
standard in treating full-term babies at risk of suffering long-term brain
damage due to oxygen deprivation during birth. Even better, it appears
as if the technique may prove fruitful for treating other conditions, as well.

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