The perinatal mortality rate is widely used as a summary statistic for evaluating the effectiveness of perinatal care. Since October, 1992, it has been a legal requirement in England and Wales to register fetal deaths at 24-27 completed weeks of gestation as stillbirths (in addition to those after 28 weeks), thereby altering the definition of perinatal… (More)
AIM To compare the Health Status Questionnaire with established methods of assessing disability in preterm and very low birthweight infants. METHOD All survivors of gestational age <31 weeks or birth weight <1500 g, born in 1994 to women resident in Wales were identified. Assessments were by a single observer at a median corrected age of 28.3 months and… (More)
Preterm infants often develop a postural deformation of the legs with wide hip abduction and external rotation giving a 'frog leg' posture. It has been shown that the deformation persists at the age of 3-4.5 years and the use of postural techniques aimed at reducing the deformation is recommended.
The feasibility of delivering therapeutically useful amounts of oxygen percutaneously was investigated in 13 preterm infants. Their gestation ranged from 25 to 31 weeks and all were being ventilated for severe respiratory distress. Raising the ambient oxygen concentration resulted in an increase in arterial oxygen tension of 4.5 to 13.8 mm Hg (mean 8.9 mm… (More)