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An Introduction to Cooling - Flora Midgley, Bolt Burdon Kemp

06/12/18. The NHS uses controlled cooling to treat newborn babies who suffer brain injuries following a deprivation of oxygen during birth/labour. I am a solicitor at Bolt Burdon Kemp in the Child Brain Injury team, I specialise in compensation claims for children who have suffered brain injuries - as many of our clients suffer these injuries at birth, often because of oxygen deprivation. Around 1 in 500 newborn babies suffer from a lack of oxygen at the time of the time of their birth.[2]

The team at Bolt Burdon Kemp only act for children who have suffered brain injuries, that’s why they are experts in this field. They are dedicated to investigating claims where substandard medical treatment has caused a baby to suffer a brain injury.

Brain injuries suffered at birth can have a devastating impact on the injured child and their family. The cooling treatment option is hugely important.

When does cooling take place?

NHS guidance states that the procedure can be offered routinely as a treatment option for selected newborn babies with brain injuries caused by oxygen deprivation.[3].

In the majority of the following instances, infants born at 36 weeks of gestation and older would qualify for cooling:

    • An apgar score of

    • Need for resuscitation and oxygen after 10 minutes of birth

    • Infants with moderate...

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