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Abstract

Despite improvements in survival of extremely preterm infants, the decision whether to begin intensive care for infants at borderline viability is controversial. A great deal of this controversy focuses on concerns of survival, cost and neurodevelopmental outcome. Why are these concerns more emphasized in discussions of prematurity than other areas of medicine?

Keywords

extreme preterm birth, viability, NICU, resuscitation

Submission Type

Article

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Copyright © John M. Dagle, 2011.

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