Controlled-Hypotherma Device

Lifesaving equipment for newborns

Babies in the Flinders Medical Centre Neonatal Unit have benefitted from a new lifesaving device, thanks to Flinders Foundation and Cops for Kids.

The new controlled hypothermia device is used to cool down babies born with perinatal asphyxia, which occurs when there is reduced blood or oxygen flow to the brain around the time of birth.

Research has shown that babies have improved survival and reduced brain injury if they are ‘cooled’ straight away.

The device takes the guess work out of caring for babies born with perinatal asphyxia and specialists can be more confident that babies are being kept at the exact temperature they need to be for their best chance of recovery.

This device was purchased with the help of a $22,000 contribution from Cops for Kids – a charity supported by members of SA Police. It was the organisations 100th donation to a charity partner and its largest to date.

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