My Device: A Very Cool Baby Blanket
The neonatal cooling blanket system is the latest development in preventing and minimizing brain damage in babies who have been deprived of adequate oxygen before or during birth (a condition called hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy).
In the past, no treatment was available for infants with this type of injury. It is based on groundbreaking research into why those who nearly drown in freezing water suffer less brain damage than other oxygen-deprived accident victims. The blanket lowers a baby’s body temperature to 92.3 degrees, where it is maintained for 72 hours. Cooling works by slowing down brain metabolism and reducing the secondary phase of damage that occurs days after this kind of injury. The blanket then gradually warms the baby’s body temperature back to normal.
Cedars-Sinai has a specially trained team of RNs who implement this therapy, guided by our neonatologists, Kurlen Payton, MD, and Asha Puri, MD. We use state-of-the-art neuromonitoring with continuous, 24-hour EEG that is monitored by neurophysiologists.
Dr. Simmons is chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and director of the Division of Neonatology