Title

Neonatal respiratory distress in the community hospital: when to transport, when to keep.

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

4-1-1998

Journal/Book/Conference Title

The Journal of family practice

Abstract

Neonatal respiratory distress is a common problem confronting family physicians. Although respiratory distress may represent a benign, self-limited process, it may also be the first sign of sepsis or serious cardiopulmonary disease. Because it is crucial to differentiate the two, we offer a practical approach to the treatment of neonatal respiratory distress at community hospitals. Our method, the Rule of 2 Hours, is based on readily accessible clinical findings. We believe it will help physicians detect babies at risk for serious problems, but will not result in unnecessary referral of neonates that are simply adapting to extrauterine life.

Keywords

Clinical Protocols, Family Practice, Hospitalization, Hospitals, Community, Humans, Infant, Newborn, Iowa, Patient Transfer, Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Newborn, Time Factors

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/1927