Whole Body Cooling
Decreased oxygen and/or blood flow to the brain is a significant cause of brain injury in newborns. Two to three of every 1,000 near-term and term infants will suffer from oxygen deprivation at the time of birth.
Studies have shown that brain cooling may effectively reduce the severity of brain damage for oxygen-deprived newborns.
To help minimize the severity of oxygen or blood deprivation, we administer a treatment called therapeutic hypothermia, or whole body cooling. This procedure is done both in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and in our specially equipped neonatal transport vehicles under the supervision of a team of neonatal intensive care specialists.
For the best
neurologic outcomes, cooling must be
started shortly after birth. UC Irvine
Health has the only neonatal transport
service in Southern California with the
ability to start temperature regulated
active cooling as soon as the transport
team arrives to treat the patient.
The Maternal-Neonatal Transport, the only such service in Orange County, is
staffed by a multidisciplinary team of
medical specialists who safely transfer
critically ill newborns and expectant
women experiencing complications to
UC Irvine Medical Center. Our transport team serves Orange County and beyond.
After arrival at the medical center, mothers are assessed and
treated by perinatologists, if necessary. Newborns
are immediately transferred to the NICU.
UC Irvine Medical Center’s NICU is one
of only two Level III NICUs in Orange
County. We provide the only combined
Level III perinatal and neonatal
program in Orange County, which
means we are fully equipped with the
technology and specialists to manage
the high-risk pregnancy or the at-risk
Our highly trained specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For maternal transport, call 714-456-6430. For neonatal transport, 714-456-6428.