Neonatal Hypothermia

A Method to Provide Neuroprotection After Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

Katherine M. Newnam, MS, RN, CPNP, NNP-BC; Donna L. DeLoach, MS, RN, CPNP, NNP-BC


NAINR. 2011;11(3):113-124. 

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Before hypothermia intervention for the treatment of HIE after perinatal asphyxia, management was primarily limited to intensive supportive care. This therapy saved lives but did not "target any component of the pathophysiologic sequence leading to hypoxic ischemic brain injury."[46] The goal of therapeutic hypothermia is directed at avoiding injury from secondary events associated with hypoxia ischemia. Excellent nursing care grounded in scientific evidence to provide sound rationale for interventions and actions should provide the best outcomes for these complex patients and their families.


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