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Transitional hypothermia in preterm newborns

Bhatt, DR1; White, R2; Martin, G3; Van Marter, LJ4; Finer, N5; Goldsmith, JP6; Ramos, C7; Kukreja, S8; Ramanathan, R7

doi: 10.1097/ANC.0b013e3181ef7dfd
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Hypothermia remains a significant challenge in the initial care of premature infants. Although a number of prevention strategies have been identified, hypothermia is still a common event, especially in extremely low birth weight infants. Using data from four centers, we documented an incidence of hypothermia on admission to the neonatal intensive care unit from the delivery room of 31–78% for infants < 1500 g birth weight. Increased efforts will be necessary to prevent early hypothermia in very preterm infants, especially with respect to the environmental conditions of the delivery room itself. Journal of Perinatology (2007) 27, S45-S47. doi:10.1038/sj.jp.7211842

1Kaiser Permanente, Fontana, CA, USA

2Pediatrix Medical Group, Memorial Hospital, South Bend, IN, USA

3Pediatrix Medical Group, Citrus Valley Medical Center, West Covina, CA, USA

4Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

5University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA

6Department of Pediatrics, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA

7Women's and Children's Hospital, LAC + USC Medical Center, Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, CA, USA

8Children's Hospital of Orange County, Orange, CA, USA

Correspondence: Dr RD White, Memorial Hospital, 615 N Michigan St, South Bend, IN 46601, USA. E-mail: Robert_White@pediatrix.com

Reprinted by permission from Macmillan Publishers Ltd: Journal of Perinatology. Bhatt DR, White R, Martin G, et al. Transitional hypothermia in preterm newborns. 27:S45–S47. Copyright 2007.

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