Admitting term infants to neonatal intensive care units in Australia

De Costa, Caroline, and Howat, Paul (2008) Admitting term infants to neonatal intensive care units in Australia. Birth, 35 (3). p. 259.

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[Extract] Tracy et al reported an overall rate of admission to neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) across Australia of babies born at term (37-41 weeks) to "low-risk mothers" in the period 1999 to 2002, of 8.9 percent for primiparas, and of 6.3 percent for multiparas (Birth 2007;34 (4):301-301). It would be alarming if this were, in fact, the case and that such a high percentage of babies required the ventilatory support and invasive diagnostic workup described in this study. Tracy et al's study also reported considerably increased risks of admission to NICU for babies born by elective cesarean section at 37 to 39 weeks in "lowrisk" women.

Item ID: 24781
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 1523-536X
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2013 03:06
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111401 Foetal Development and Medicine @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 100%
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