NICE interventional procedure guidance
Issued: May 2010
IPG347

Therapeutic hypothermia with intracorporeal temperature monitoring for hypoxic perinatal brain injury

This is an extract from the guidance. The complete guidance is available at guidance.nice.org.uk/ipg347

1 Guidance

1.1 Current evidence on the safety and efficacy of therapeutic hypothermia with intracorporeal temperature monitoring for hypoxic perinatal brain injury is adequate to support the use of this procedure in carefully selected neonates provided that normal arrangements are in place for clinical governance, consent and audit (See section 2.5.1 for comments on selection).

1.2 This procedure should only be carried out in units experienced in the care of severely ill neonates, by staff who have been specifically trained in the use of therapeutic hypothermia.

1.3 NICE encourages clinicians to enter details about all neonates undergoing this procedure into the UK TOBY cooling register. The register provides a suggested management algorithm. Submitting data to the register will contribute to the evidence on long-term follow-up and may lead to improvements in the management algorithm.