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Tiny newborns face higher risk of death at community hospitals, Stanford/VA study finds

struggling, premature infant and a baby who dies before delivery. Attending physicians available around the clock can also respond at a moment's notice to any signs of trouble, for example.

Although low-level community neonatal ICUs are required to partner with higher-level centers, the study suggests that the relationships offer little benefit to tiny babies unless the laboring mother is transferred before the delivery to a facility with sophisticated obstetrical and neonatal support. "It's not good to move these kids around," said Phibbs. "The best way to transport a very premature infant is inside the mother.

"It's not that we think the community services are bad or poorly staffed," he added. "But a regional structure of services may be best able to help these kids."


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Contact: Krista Conger
kristac@stanford.edu
650-725-5371
Stanford University Medical Center
23-May-2007


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