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Neonatal morbidity and mortality at Kenyatta National Hospital newborn unit.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1396189     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A six month prospective study of neonatal morbidity and mortality of the newborn unit (NBU) at Kenyatta National Hospital is presented. Of the 126 infants delivered in the maternity unit, 967 (30%) ended up in the NBU and 562 (59.8%) were low birth weight (LBW); 79.3% were appropriate for gestational age (AGA), 19.9% were small for gestational age (SGA) while 1.8% were large for gestational age (LGA). The infants with birth weight of < 1500 g and gestation < 32 weeks had the worst prognosis with a mortality of 51.3% and 64.6% respectively. The major causes of morbidity and mortality were immaturity, respiratory distress, infections and perinatal asphyxia. The majority of the deaths (86.8%) occurred within the first week of life. The overall neonatal mortality for this period was 24.6%, but 95.6% of the deaths were preterm while LBW in general contributed to 93.5% of the deaths.
E Kasirye-Bainda; F N Musoke
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  East African medical journal     Volume:  69     ISSN:  0012-835X     ISO Abbreviation:  East Afr Med J     Publication Date:  1992 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-11-19     Completed Date:  1992-11-19     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372766     Medline TA:  East Afr Med J     Country:  KENYA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  360-5     Citation Subset:  IM; J    
Department of Paediatrics, College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight
Cause of Death
Gestational Age
Hospitals, Public
Infant Mortality*
Infant, Newborn
Intensive Care Units, Neonatal*
Kenya / epidemiology
Length of Stay / statistics & numerical data
Prospective Studies

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