To cool or not to cool: an introduction to neonatal hypoxic ischaemic injury

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Complete: 06/01/2022 Complete: 07/01/2022 Current Phase


Suitable for anyone who works with neonates, especially level 1 trainees.
Takes 30 minutes
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Managing babies born in poor condition requires good clinical skills including an understanding of the clinical information, the events perinatally and the correct interpretation of investigations including cord gases and CFM. Further to this you need to communicate to distressed parents effectively. This module introduces a baby born in poor condition and walks you through how to manage Hypoxic Ischaemic Encephalopathy.

Course director

Sarah Arthur

ST6 Speciality Trainee in Paediatrics

Maria Tsakmakis

Consultant Neonatologist
North Bristol NHS Trust

Learning objectives

  • Identify babies born in poor condition and the differentials
  • Understand what is meant by HIE
  • Get tips for the full neuro exam
  • Learn how to interpret CFM
  • Understand decision making in HIE
  • Key communication points for families and tertiary centres 

Level 1

  • Carries out an assessment, makes a differential diagnosis, plans appropriate investigations and initiates a treatment plan in accordance with national and local policies. D04: L1
  • Demonstrates both spoken and written communications with patients, families and colleagues that are presented in clear, straightforward English, avoiding jargon where appropriate. D02:L1
  • Supports decision made within a team and communicates these effectively. D06; L1

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