Cerebral palsy is one of the more serious conditions related to difficulties at birth. It is often linked to oxygen deprivation before or during the birth process. Brain cooling – a technique where an infant’s body is cooled in a controlled environment – has been showed to lessen the severity of brain damage. When there are indications that a brain has occurred during the birth process, a special water-cooled cap or blanket is placed on the newborn to reduce the body temperature by a few degrees. It is critical that brain cooling begins within 6 hours of birth. Medical malpractice can not only cause your child to suffer a birth injury, but may also be implicated where doctors or other health professionals fail to use all available treatments where the need arises.
Methods such as cooling therapy have been introduced in many California hospitals and have become a widely accepted method of treating infants who have suffered a brain injury. If you have questions about cooling therapy or believe your child may have been harmed as the result of medical malpractice, it’s a good idea to consult with an experienced California birth injury attorney right away.
Due to the success of cooling therapies at hospitals and the increasing awareness that timely brain cooling can reduce the severity of brain damage, students at John Hopkins University have devised a “low-tech $40 unit" to provide protective cooling to hospitals that lack the resources to purchase the expensive equipment that can cost thousands of dollars.
The device, called the Cooling Cure, was created to lower a newborn's temperature by about 6 degrees Fahrenheit for three days, a treatment that has been shown to protect the child from brain damage, or lessen the severity of damage, if administered shortly after a loss of oxygen has occurred.