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The influence of body position on pulmonary function in low birthweight babies.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  234633     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The influence of the prone and supine body positions on the respiratory rate, arterial pH, pO2, pCO2 and serum bicarbonate level; on alveolar pO2 and pCO2; and on alveolar/arterial gradients for carbon dioxide and oxygen, were compared in 10 low birthweight infants. THE ALveolar pCO2 was higher in the prone, while pO2 was higher in the supine position, possibly as a result of ventilation/perfusion imbalance with increased physiological dead space in the supine position. There were no significant differences between the other parameters studied. Since aspiration of feed by the low birthweight infant is a major cause of morbidity and mortality, evidence is presented in favour of the prone nursing position.
F C Schwartz; A Fenner; J Wolfsdorf
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde     Volume:  49     ISSN:  0256-9574     ISO Abbreviation:  S. Afr. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1975 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1975-05-21     Completed Date:  1975-05-21     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:  79-81     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Bicarbonates / blood
Birth Weight*
Carbon Dioxide / analysis,  blood
Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
Infant, Newborn*
Oxygen / analysis,  blood
Partial Pressure
Pulmonary Alveoli
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Bicarbonates; 142M471B3J/Carbon Dioxide; S88TT14065/Oxygen

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