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Extremely premature infants still unlikely to survive

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Discusses UK studies regarding the survival of infants born at 23 and 24 weeks gestation. The research found: that of infants born at 22 weeks, none survived; that intensive care for infants born at 22 weeks remains unsuccessful; that of infants born at 23 weeks, 81% did not survive; and that despite advancements in neonatal intensive care, rates of survival for infants born at 22 and 23 weeks have not improved between the periods 1994-1999 and 2000-2005.

Extremely-premature-infants-still-unlikely-to-survive-precis-May-2008.pdf (480.80KB)

Reference:
Extremely premature infants still unlikely to survive / Women's Health Victoria - Melbourne: Women's Health Victoria, 2008.