Lena Hellström-Westas

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CONTEXT Up-to-date information on infant survival after extremely preterm birth is needed for assessing perinatal care services, clinical guidelines, and parental counseling. OBJECTIVE To determine the 1-year survival in all infants born before 27 gestational weeks in Sweden during 2004-2007. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PATIENTS Population-based prospective(More)
AIM To assess the prognostic value of amplitude integrated EEG (aEEG) 3 and 6 hours after birth. METHODS Seventy three term, asphyxiated infants were studied (from two different centres), using the Cerebral Function Monitor (CFM Lectromed). The different aEEG tracings were compared using pattern recognition (flat tracing mainly isoelectric (FT);(More)
Continuous electroencephalographic (EEG) monitoring gives direct information on brain function in newborn infants needing intensive care. To improve the possibilities of long-term monitoring, the EEG is time-compressed and recorded with a reduced number of electrodes. A trend measure of the EEG, the amplitude-integrated EEG (aEEG), has proved capable of(More)
AIM To characterize early amplitude-integrated electroencephalogram (aEEG) and single-channel EEG (aEEG/EEG) in very preterm (VPT) infants for prediction of long-term outcome. PATIENTS Forty-nine infants with median (range) gestational age of 25 (22-30) weeks. METHODS Amplitude-integrated electroencephalogram/EEG recorded during the first 72 h and(More)
The background pattern in single channel amplitude integrated EEG recordings (aEEG) was recorded in 47 infants within the first six hours after birth to see if this could predict outcome after birth asphyxia. The aEEG background pattern during the first six hours of life was continuous and of normal voltage in 26 infants. All these infants survived; 25 were(More)
OBJECTIVES Amplitude-integrated electroencephalogram (aEEG) at <6 hours is the best single outcome predictor in term infants with perinatal asphyxia at normothermia. Hypothermia has been used to treat those infants and proved to improve their outcome. The objectives of this study were to compare the predictive value of aEEG at <6 hours on outcomes in(More)
Author Disclosure Drs Hellström-Westas, Rosén, and de Vries have been involved in development or testing of the instruments (BrainZ [BrainZ Instruments Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand], Olympic 6000 [Olympic Medical, Seattle, Washington], and Nervus Monitor [Viasys, Nicolet Biomedical, Madison, Wisconsin]) from which records are shown in this article. None has(More)
We propose here a simple algorithm for automated detection of spontaneous activity transients (SATs) in early preterm electroencephalography (EEG). The parameters of the algorithm were optimized by supervised learning using a gold standard created from visual classification data obtained from three human raters. The generalization performance of the(More)
BACKGROUND The electrocortical background contains prognostic information in full-term asphyxiated newborn infants already during the first postnatal hours. In preterm infants with intra-ventricular hemorrhages (IVH) the background activity in EEG and amplitude-integrated EEG (aEEG) is depressed during the first days of life, and the extent of the(More)
In order to evaluate the usefulness of early continuous EEG-monitoring in very preterm neonates, recordings with a Cerebral Function Monitor (CFM) were made prospectively in 31 ESLBW infants with birthweights below 901 grams, during their first week of life. The CFM background activity was, as expected from EEG studies, dominated by a suppression-burst(More)