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The Maybe Baby

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Continuing our focus on Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy in honor of HIE Awareness Month, this week we are looking back on one of our 2020 ONE Conference lectures, The Maybe Baby, from Dr. Alfonso Vargas, MD, a neonatologist at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, Tampa, FL.  


 The “Maybe Baby” is the baby with mild HIE. As Dr. Vargas shared, there is currently no widely-accepted uniform standard for treating babies with mild HIE.  However, there is a growing body of evidence that mild HIE has long term neurodevelopmental consequences, highlighting the need for an evidence-based protocol for making the call…to cool or not to cool?  The St. Joseph’s Maybe Baby Toolkit aims to answer that question.



On our April 15th Community Connection Call, Jayne Solomon reviewed The Maybe Baby Toolkit that her team in Tampa, Florida created. It provides an admission checklist and other tools to guide the evaluation and monitoring of babies with mild HIE, allowing providers to make an informed decision about when and if to start therapeutic hypothermia, especially for those babies that don’t meet criteria for cooling right out of the womb.  

 Watch the replay as a member of our Monthly Community Club and learn more about the Maybe Baby Toolkit.

Click here to get the replay.

If you’d like to see a replay of Dr. Vargas’ lecture from the 2020 ONE Conference, you can get access to it as part of our new continuing education club.  Click here to learn more.

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