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Guideline for the prevention, screening and treatment of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23374306     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), one of the most common causes of preventable blindness in preterm neonates, is emerging as a 'third epidemic' in middle-income countries including South Africa. This is due to the increasing survival of preterm neonates, insufficient monitoring of oxygen saturation (SaO2) in most centres, and lack of an ROP screening guideline in most neonatal units.
OBJECTIVE: To guide the standard of care for SaO2 and ROP screening in preterm neonates weighing <1 500 g.
VALIDATION: This guideline, endorsed by the United South African Neonatal Association (USANA), the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa (OSSA), and the South African Vitreoretinal Society, was developed by the ROP Working Group of South Africa, comprised of neonatologists, ophthalmologists and paediatricians.
RECOMMENDATIONS: All healthcare professionals involved in the care of preterm neonates should be aware of SaO2 and ROP screening guidelines. Mothers should be counselled about the possible complications of prematurity.
L Visser; R Singh; M Young; H Lewis; N McKerrow
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2012-11-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde     Volume:  103     ISSN:  0256-9574     ISO Abbreviation:  S. Afr. Med. J.     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-04     Completed Date:  2013-04-02     Revised Date:  2014-09-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404520     Medline TA:  S Afr Med J     Country:  South Africa    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  116-25     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Gestational Age
Infant, Low Birth Weight
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*
Monitoring, Physiologic / methods*,  standards
Neonatal Screening / standards*
Practice Guidelines as Topic*
Retinopathy of Prematurity* / diagnosis,  epidemiology,  prevention & control
South Africa / epidemiology

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