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Current availability of cerebral function monitoring and hypothermia therapy in UK neonatal units
  1. Vennila Ponnusamy1,
  2. Puneet Nath1,
  3. Leigh Bissett2,
  4. Kate Willis3,
  5. Paul Clarke1
  1. 1Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Norwich, Norfolk, UK
  2. 2Paediatric Department, East and North Herts NHS Trust, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK
  3. 3Paediatric Department, Ipswich Hospitals NHS Trust, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Vennila Ponnusamy, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7UY, UK; drnila{at}doctors.org.uk

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Perinatal asphyxia remains a serious cause of mortality and morbidity in term and near term infants. Many reports show the benefits of routine cerebral function monitoring (CFM) in neonatal encephalopathy.1 2 Mounting recent data support the use of hypothermia therapy for improving neurodevelopmental outcome after perinatal asphyxia.3 4 At present, information is lacking regarding the availability of equipment for neonatal brain monitoring and active hypothermia therapy in UK neonatal units. The aim was to therefore …

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