Neonatal Hypothermia Treatment
What Is Body Cooling / Hypothermia Therapy?
Hypothermia therapy, also known as body cooling therapy, can be used to prevent injuries and even save the lives of infants who suffer asphyxia during delivery. This treatment involves one or two techniques: head cooling and body cooling. Within the last several years, cooling has become the standard to minimize and mitigate the permanent effects of brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen at birth.
Medical researchers found that these treatments have three major effects:
- Excitotoxicity – Neurotransmitters such as glutamate can seep from damaged brain cells, causing damage to other brain cells. Hypothermia therapy slows this leaking and mitigates severe brain damage in some patients.
- Delaying cell death – If an infant is deprived of oxygen for too long, he or she can suffer serious injuries caused by loss of brain cells, such as cerebral palsy, serious brain damage, and even death. Cooling therapy can protect brain cells and thus prevent more serious injury.
- Apoptosis – Not all brain damage occurs immediately. Apoptosis or “programmed cell death” can take place several days after the infant suffers asphyxia. Hypothermia therapy can help minimize this dangerous degeneration.
Know Your Rights: Speak With The Beam Legal Team
If your child did not receive body cooling after suffering a birth injury, you should call Beam Legal Team to determine if you have a medical malpractice case. If your child did receive body cooling, call Beam Legal Team to determine if your child suffered a preventable birth injury. We encourage you to speak with our Chicago attorneys at your earliest convenience. Our birth injury law firm is based in Chicago and serves clients nationwide.
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