Outcome of premature neonates born in a tertiary neonatal intensive care unit in Nairobi, Kenya

Patel, Atul, and Kandasamy, Yogavijayan (2017) Outcome of premature neonates born in a tertiary neonatal intensive care unit in Nairobi, Kenya. Journal of Pediatric and Neonatal Individualized Medicine (JPNIM), 6 (1). e060113.

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Abstract

In this retrospective review, premature neonates less than 34 weeks gestation admitted to a tertiary neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Nairobi, Kenya from February 2012 to October 2015 were identified from medical records and database. There were 88 neonates admitted to the neonatal unit, out of which 78 survived. There were 10 pairs of twins and 1 set of triplets. The gestational age ranged from 26 weeks to 33.7 weeks gestation, with a mean gestation of 30.3 (± 1.8) weeks, and a mean birth weight of 1,508 (± 381) g. The smallest neonate who survived weighed 800 g. Smaller babies needed mechanical ventilation for a longer duration and stayed longer in NICU. Less than half of the neonates in our cohort received antenatal dexamethasone. We plan to have further discussion with the obstetricians to increase antenatal steroid use. Ten babies died during this period. With improved perinatal care in Kenya, we anticipate better survival and outcome of these preterm babies.

Item ID: 54164
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2281-0692
Keywords: gestation; Kenya; neonatal intensive care; premature; preterm; survival
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2018 03:44
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111402 Obstetrics and Gynaecology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 100%
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