Methaemoglobinaemia among neonates in a neonatal intensive care unit.

  title={Methaemoglobinaemia among neonates in a neonatal intensive care unit.},
  author={Kari Hjelt and Jens Lund and B Scherling and S Bendixen and Kaare Lundstr\om and S St\ovring and Peter Voldsgaard and Krlstlan Linnet},
  journal={Acta paediatrica},
  volume={84 4},
After detection of a few clinical cases of methaemoglobinaemia (methb) in our NICU, a prospective clinical study was undertaken to determine the extent of the problem and to identify the causes. Consequently, during the following 8 months all haemoglobin tests included simultaneous measurements of methb on an OSM 3 hemoximeter (Radiometer): 8% (n = 33) of 415 neonates were found to be methb positive (defined as > or = 6% methb). Mean methb was 19% (range 6.5-45.5%). Maximum methb concentrations… CONTINUE READING
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