Neonatal Therapeutic Hypothermia in Ireland 2018 Report

The 2018 report on neonatal therapeutic hypothermia (TH) in Ireland was launched on the 24th January 2020.

The report was produced in collaboration with the National Clinical and Integrated Care Programmes, the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre, the National Women and Infants Health Programme and the Health Service Executive.

The report also includes aggregated data from the 2016-2018 period.

Key findings (2018):

  • There were 69 TH cases and there were 61,016 births nationally.
  • 18% of TH infants were postnatally found to be small for dates. 
  • Caesarean Section continues to be a common mode of delivery, accounting for almost half of the 209 infants (45%) over the three year period 2016-2018.
  • Cord pH was recorded for 63 of the 69 TH infants, and 59% of these infants had a Cord pH <7.0.
  • 60% of infants required tracheal intubation during resuscitation.
  • 81% of TH infants achieved the target temperature range 33°C -34°C within six hours of birth.

Neonatal Therapeutic Hypthermia in Ireland 2018 Report

Neonatal Therapeutic Hypothermia in Ireland 2016-2017 Report


National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre

Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 5th Floor, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Wilton, Cork