Respiratory life support use increased for extremely preterm babies after guidance change

More babies born at 22 weeks’ gestation in England and Wales received respiratory life support after a new national guidance recommendation was published in 2019, according to results published in BMJ Medicine.
“For families, the birth of their baby at 22 weeks is extremely distressing and decision-making is emotionally challenging,” Lucy K. Smith, PhD, professor of perinatal health at the University of Leicester, told Healio. “For clinicians, this research offers valuable information for counseling parents at this difficult time, providing information on survival at

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