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We set out to discover if there were any consistencies in clinical practices among United Kingdom nurseries with facilities for neonatal intensive care.
Present survey and results
A questionnaire was sent to a named consultant within each unit with neonatal intensive care cots listed in the directory of intensive care units. Details were sought regarding agreed policies for the following: birth weight or gestational age cut off below which intensive care was not offered; routine intubation and ventilation of very low birthweight babies; prophylactic drugs given to very low birthweight babies; use of sedation, paralysis, and antibiotics during ventilation; …