Sin­gle rooms vi­tal for pre­ma­ture ba­bies

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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.

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