Factors affecting nursery survival of very low birth weight infants.
398 infants with birthweight (BW) 500-1500 g born from January 2 1982 to December 1983 were studied to determine incidence and survival rate by BW and gestational age (GA) categories and to determine causes of death and factors influencing mortality. 58% of the group survived. Factors other than those in the perinatal and postnatal period did not significantly influence survival. Infants with BW below 1000 g delivered by elective C-section had better survival than those delivered vaginally. Survival increased progressively with increasing BW and GA categories with GA more than BW being the limiting factor. Eleven (6.6%) of the deaths in the very low birth weight infants occurred during the nursery period after 28 days of age. These deaths would not have been addressed in the neonatal mortality.
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Teberg AJ, Hotrakitya S, Wu PY, Yeh SY, Hoppenbrouwers T. Factors affecting nursery survival of very low birth weight infants. J Perinat Med. 1987;15(3):297-306. doi: 10.1515/jpme.1918.104.22.1687. PMID: 3430327.
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology