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Hypoxia treatment can prevent permanent disabilities

Many babies that are born in Maryland suffer from hypoxia at birth. Hypoxia is caused by inadequate oxygen to the brain before, during or after childbirth. When mild hypoxia is treated swiftly and correctly, it usually does not lead to permanent disabilities. However, a lifelong disorder can result from moderate or severe hypoxia and hypoxia that is not properly treated.

It is very important for doctors to identify hypoxia as soon as possible so that it can be treated. Permanent injuries from hypoxia can happen quickly, though they are preventable. Today, doctors are better at identifying hypoxia than they have ever been before, and failure to treat hypoxia is often considered medical negligence. Though it can be treated, there is no cure for the permanent brain injuries that can be caused by untreated hypoxia.

The first treatment for hypoxia is resuscitation of the infant and oxygen therapy. After these initial steps are taken, the treatment will depend on the individual infant's needs. Some babies are treated with cooling therapy that helps to hinder the brain swelling and cell death that can lead to permanent brain damage. Other treatments for hypoxia include fluid management, hypothermia and hyperthermia management and proper ventilation.

Some of the permanent disorders that can result from untreated hypoxia include hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and cerebral palsy. These disorders require life-long medical treatment and therapy, so they can result in a significant financial burden for the injured patient's family. The parents of a child who has been harmed in such a manner may want to meet with a medical malpractice attorney to see what recourse they may have.

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