Improved Survival Seen For Premature Infants

Improved Survival Seen For Premature Infants

–Better maternal care practices credited with better outcomes While overall survival rates for premature infants remained relatively stable, survival rates to discharge and survival rates without major morbidities have exhibited slight increases over time, according to a large prospective, longitudinal study of data from extremely premature infants over the last 20 years. Barbara J. Stoll, MD, of Emory University in Atlanta, and colleagues found that overall survival to discharge for infants at 23 and 24 weeks gestation increased slightly from 2009 to 2012 (27% to 33%, P<0.001 and 63% to 65%, P<0.001, respectively), with smaller increases reported for infants born at 25 and 27 weeks gestation. In addition, the portion of infants surviving without any major morbidity increased from 43% in 1993 to almost 60% (59%) in 2012 (P<0.001), they wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association. There was no change in survival rates for infants born at 22, 26, or 28 weeks, though researchers noted slight year-to-year increases for infants born from 25 to 28 weeks gestation (approximately 2% per year). Not surprisingly, trends in overall survival and survival without major morbidity varied by gestational age. Stoll told MedPage Today she was not exactly surprised by the findings, but was pleased to see these steady increases in survival rates. “We’re cautiously optimistic that outcomes are improving, that a number of morbidities have decreased,” she said. “Although this study doesn’t report long-term outcomes, we hope that the improvements in survival without hospital complications will result in an improvement in long-term outcomes.” Along with improved survival rates, the authors observed improvements in maternal care practices. The most significant...
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