Does hospital transfer predict mortality in very low birth weight infants requiring surgery for necrotizing enterocolitis?

BACKGROUND Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a leading cause of infant mortality, and the most common reason for emergent surgery in very low birth weight (VLBW, < 1,500 g) infants. We investigated whether transfer for higher level of surgical care affects mortality in this population. METHODS VLBW infants who underwent NEC surgery were reviewed… (More)