Single rooms vital for premature babies
PREMATURE babies do better if they are cared for in single hospital rooms rather than in open wards, researchers found.
The majority of babies born early in Britain are treated in neonatal intensive care units, large wards where they are monitored by nurses and paediatricians. But a review of medical evidence, led by researchers in the Netherlands, has found they are far less likely to suffer sepsis if they are instead looked after in single family rooms.
The researchers, based at the University of Amsterdam and the OLVG teaching hospital in Amsterdam, combined the results of 25 studies that monitored premature babies born before 28 weeks, the definition of “extremely premature”.
Researchers found that infants looked after in single family rooms were 37% less likely to develop sepsis. | Daily Mail