Comparitive Study Of Short-Term Outcomes Of Preterm Babies ≤30 Weeks In A Tertiary Care Hospital Between India And The U.K

shivshankar diggikarNarendra Aladangady


Large numbers of preterm babies are born in middle income countries and neonatal care is improving in these countries. However, comparative clinical outcomes of preterm babies between a tertiary neonatal unit from middle income country and higher income country is limited. Objective: To compare the clinical profile and short-term outcomes of preterm babies ≤ 30 weeks gestation admitted to a tertiary care hospital in India and the U.K. Design: Retrospective cohort observational study using anonymised data from Electronic Patient Records. Setting: Regional tertiary neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of Manipal Hospitals, Bangalore, India and Homerton University Hospital, London, UK. Participants: Preterm babies born at ≤ 30 weeks gestation admitted to NICUs over five year period (January 2011 to December 2015). Infants with major congenital abnormalities were excluded. Intervention: This is an observational study and routine care was provided as per departmental standard protocols. Main outcome measures: Comparison of neonatal unit mortality between two centres, infant morbidities till discharge from neonatal unit. Results: A total of 740 babies from the U.K centre and 294 babies from Indian centre were enrolled into the study. ...Continue Reading

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