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Complications of the late preterm infant.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19209064     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
One of the goals of Healthy People 2010 (set in 1998) was to reduce preterm birthrates from 11.6% to 7.6%. However, in 2004, the preterm birthrate of 12.5% was actually higher than the rate in 1998. Approximately 65% of this increase in prematurity rate is attributed to the increasing birthrate of the late preterm infant. Care of the late preterm infant is far more complicated than many hospital policies and clinical guidelines imply. It cannot be stressed enough to frontline clinicians that late preterm infants are not full-term infants. Their care should not be defined by the same policies and practices that govern term infants. The purpose of this article is to explore the complications that accompany late preterm birth. The following complications will be discussed: thermoregulation challenges, feeding difficulty, late neonatal sepsis, prolonged physiologic jaundice, hypoglycemia, possible neurodevelopmental differences, and respiratory problems.
Ashley E Darcy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of perinatal & neonatal nursing     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1550-5073     ISO Abbreviation:  J Perinat Neonatal Nurs     Publication Date:    2009 Jan-Mar
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-02-11     Completed Date:  2009-05-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8801387     Medline TA:  J Perinat Neonatal Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  78-86     Citation Subset:  N    
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Asphyxia Neonatorum / epidemiology,  prevention & control
Congenital Abnormalities / epidemiology,  prevention & control
Delivery Rooms
Enterocolitis, Necrotizing / epidemiology,  prevention & control
Infant Care / organization & administration
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*
Infant, Premature, Diseases / epidemiology*,  prevention & control*
Jaundice, Neonatal / epidemiology,  prevention & control
Nurseries, Hospital / organization & administration*
Patient Discharge / statistics & numerical data*
Postnatal Care / organization & administration*
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Primary Prevention / organization & administration*
Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Newborn / epidemiology,  prevention & control
Risk Factors
Sepsis / epidemiology,  prevention & control
United States / epidemiology

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