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A simple device for reducing insensible water loss in low-birth-weight infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  887337     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Insensible water loss (IWL) was measured in five premature infants, 1 to 4 days old, by multiple weighings on an electronic balance inside an incubator. The babies were studied naked before and after being covered with a transparent thermal blanket. The use of the thermal blanket produced a mean reduction of 70% in IWL and a net caloric saving of 27 kcal/kg/day. There was minimal interference with nursing care. The important caloric saving achieved from reduced vaporization of water and evaporative heat loss may be an important determinant of intact survival in the high-risk infant.
K H Marks; Z Friedman; M J Maisels
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatrics     Volume:  60     ISSN:  0031-4005     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatrics     Publication Date:  1977 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1977-09-29     Completed Date:  1977-09-29     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376422     Medline TA:  Pediatrics     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  223-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Bedding and Linens*
Incubators, Infant*
Infant Care
Infant, Low Birth Weight*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature
Water Loss, Insensible*

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