The frequency of apneas in premature infants after inguinal hernia repair: do they need overnight monitoring in the intensive care unit?

@article{Murphy2008TheFO,
  title={The frequency of apneas in premature infants after inguinal hernia repair: do they need overnight monitoring in the intensive care unit?},
  author={James E J Murphy and Todd Swanson and Mark J. Ansermino and Ruth Milner},
  journal={Journal of pediatric surgery},
  year={2008},
  volume={43 5},
  pages={865-8}
}
BACKGROUND Postoperative apneas are reported in up to 49% of premature infants undergoing anesthesia for inguinal hernia repair. Our current practice is to monitor all of these babies in the intensive care unit (ICU) overnight after surgery. In addition to the considerable expense to the health care system, these cases are cancelled if no ICU bed is available. METHODS A retrospective chart review of all premature infants undergoing inguinal hernia repairs over the past 5 years was undertaken… CONTINUE READING
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