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Treatment of asphyxiated newborns with moderate hypothermia in routine clinical practice: how cooling is managed in the UK outside a clinical trial
  1. Michael W Quinn1,
  2. Paul F Munyard2
  1. 1Centre for Womens' Health, Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust, Exeter, UK
  2. 2Neonatal Unit, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, Truro, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michael Quinn, Neonatal Unit, Centre for Womens' Health, Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust, Barrack Road, Exeter EX2 5DW, UK; michael.quinn{at}

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Azzopardi et al1 report the experience of introducing total body cooling as a standard form of therapy for infants with moderate or severe perinatal asphyxia. It is notable that this publication includes only one level 2 neonatal intensive care unit of the 25 units providing data for the TOBY register (Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro). The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (also a level 2 unit) has since joined the TOBY register having participated in the TOBY trial. Part of the success in recruitment to the TOBY trial was because of the trial being rolled out to many more units in the second phase of the trial. The Peninsula Neonatal network level 3 …

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the TOBY trail and had received MREC approval.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.