Around 500 newborns risk brain injury each year in Alberta alone. That’s glum, we know. But there’s an incredible new device in Calgary that will be able to lower that number significantly. Foothills Hospital in Calgary now has a cooling device that can lower a baby’s core temperature.
That may not sound like a great thing, but in reality, lowering a baby’s temperature can help protect a baby from brain damage following birth. Doctors have six hours to lower a baby’s temperature right after birth (to slow down the metabolism if they aren’t getting enough oxygen), otherwise they can suffer from brain damage. In other words, this device is ready to preform miracle after miracle.
The cooling device is portable and can be taken anywhere in Southern Alberta. Plus, it costs $35,000–so it was a big investment in saving life. Totally worth it, if you ask us (or anyone, really).
Doctors used gel packs to cool baby Tegan de Vries down after an emergency C-section, which inevitably saved her life.
“She is a very happy, healthy one year old, and she might not be walking or anything like that if they hadn’t cooled her down,” said Tegan’s mother. But Tegan was lucky. Cooling blankets and gel packs aren’t very reliable when cooling babies down.
The new cooling device, however, can lower a baby’s temperature from 37 to 33C in a consistent manner. Clearly, Canada should have a lot more than one cooling device.
Check out the video above to learn more about Calgary’s newest medical marvel.