FDA Approves Device to Treat Infant Brain Damage

FDA has approved a first-of-its-kind device that can prevent or reduce brain damage in infants born with a brain injury caused by low levels of oxygen. The condition, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, affects 5000-9000 U.S. infants per year. The Cool-Cap system, made by Olympic Medical Corp. (Seattle), cools the head while keeping the rest of the body at a temperature slightly below normal. It consists of a cooling unit, a control unit, temperature probes, and a water-filled cap.