Is Head Cooling Therapy a Sign of Medical Malpractice?

The stress, heartache, and uncertainty of a difficult delivery should never interfere with the joy of birth. When infants experience a serious injury during birth, parents deserve to receive answers from the medical team that oversaw their child’s safety. If a medical team placed administered a head cooling treatment to your child, it might be time to start asking why things got to a point where the technique was needed.

What is Head Cooling Therapy?

Head cooling therapy is used by obstetricians when brain damage is strongly suspected to be occurring during delivery. It is an experimental treatment that is used to slow and prevent the process of brain damage. Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy is a condition that describes a lack of oxygen to an infant’s brain. Issues of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy occur before, during, and after childbirth. When a baby experiences a lack of oxygen, a medical team may place them under head cooling therapy.

Head cooling therapy is also known as neonatal hypothermia. A medical team will place a head cooling cap over the head of an infant to begin the treatment. This cap is fed cool water which is regulated to lower the infant’s body temperature to about 92-94 degrees Fahrenheit. Though this temperature decrease does not sound significant, it is sometimes enough to slow processes that lead to brain damage.

Was Head Cooling Used Because of Medical Malpractice?

Obstetricians and their team of medical professionals are trained to recognize issues and prevent them from causing harm to an infant and mother. When a delivery team ignores signs of circumstances that lead to oxygen damage, they are responsible for a child’s birth injuries. 

While head cooling is known to be an effective therapy, a member of the team caring for a child should have recognized the events that lead to the need for the technique. It is a medical team’s job to recognize fetal distress, and they must act appropriately to save all infants from brain damage.

If your baby was injured during delivery, call our birth injury attorneys today at (888) 493-1629. A member of our experienced team is ready to talk to you right now.


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