Quality standards for preterm babies who need respiratory support
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Quality standards for preterm babies who need respiratory support

Erin Dean Health writer

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Essential information About 7% of babies born in the UK each year are preterm, that is before 37 weeks’ gestation, according to charity Tommy’s. These babies are at risk of respiratory disorders. High-quality respiratory care for premature babies can reduce the length of hospital stay and risk of longterm disability. Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a chronic lung condition, is particularly common in preterm babies, who require assisted ventilation. The condition needs prolonged specialist care and respiratory support.

Nursing Children and Young People. 32, 6, 9-9. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.32.6.9.s3

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