Birth asphyxia is a complex condition that can be difficult to predict or prevent. Prompt treatment is important to minimize the damaging effects of decreased oxygen to the baby.
Specific treatment for birth asphyxia is based on:
Treatment may include:
An extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine may be used for babies who are experiencing serious heart or lung failure. The machine delivers oxygen to the baby's brain and body as temporary support. It works by draining the baby's blood into an artificial lung where oxygen is added and carbon dioxide is removed, then pumping the blood back into the child.
At UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, we treat over 20 patients each year with ECMO and our success outcomes are among the highest in the country. Our team of experts is specially trained in ECMO and includes a neonatologist, surgeon, respiratory therapists and nurses.
In addition to ECMO, we also offer a wide range of other types of mechanical ventilation and respiratory therapy, including high frequency oscillatory ventilation and inhaled nitric oxide.
Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.
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