Reducing length of stay in hospital for very low birthweight infants by involving mothers in a stepdown unit: an experience from Karachi (Pakistan).

@article{Bhutta2004ReducingLO,
  title={Reducing length of stay in hospital for very low birthweight infants by involving mothers in a stepdown unit: an experience from Karachi (Pakistan).},
  author={Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta and Iqtidar Ahmed Khan and Suhail Salat and Farukh Raza and Husan Ara},
  journal={BMJ},
  year={2004},
  volume={329 7475},
  pages={1151-5}
}
PROBLEM Clinical care of infants with a very low birth weight (less than 1500 g) in developing countries can be labour intensive and is often associated with a prolonged stay in hospital. The Aga Khan University Medical Center in Karachi, Pakistan, established a neonatal intensive care unit in 1987. By 1993-4, very low birthweight infants remained in hospital for 18-21 days. STRATEGIES FOR CHANGE A stepdown unit was established in September 1994, with mothers providing all basic nursing care… CONTINUE READING
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