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BACKGROUND The patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is an important problem in premature infants. Surgical PDA ligation is usually only be considered when medical treatment has either failed or was contraindicated. The aims of our study were to determine the mortality and morbidity following patent ductus arteriosus ligation in premature infants, and whether(More)
AIM Our aim was to review the outcome of ligation of the persistently patent arterial duct in neonates as performed outside a paediatric cardiothoracic centre by an outreach surgical team. METHODS A retrospective observational study of all ligations of the persistently patent arterial duct performed in Cambridge between January, 1988, and December, 2002.(More)
BACKGROUND Random safety audits have been shown to be effective in improving standards of practice in high-risk industries. They are process audits rapidly performed during real-time clinical activity, with immediate feedback, allowing for immediate change of practice. AIM Based on a concept described by the Vermont-Oxford Network, we aimed to introduce(More)
Our aim was to ascertain the number of neonatal ligations of the patent arterial duct performed in the United Kingdom in 2002, and to determine the survival of the neonates after 30 days. A postal questionnaire was sent to the lead paediatician in every hospital in the United Kingdom possessing a special care or neonatal intensive care unit, requesting(More)
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