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Sultan Qaboos Univ Med J. 2012 Aug;12(3):364-8. Epub 2012 Jul 15.

Successful resuscitation of an extremely low birth weight premature infant in delma island community hospital, United arab emirates.

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  • 1Departments of Anesthesiology & ICU and.

Abstract

Because of their physical size and physiological immaturity, resuscitation of extremely very low birth weight premature infants is a big dilemma for neonatologists in any hospital. The resuscitation may present an additional challenge to the caregiver if it is undertaken in a remote community hospital with limited technical facilities and health personnel. We present the case of successful resuscitation of a 23-week-old premature infant, with a birth weight of 650 g, at Delma Island Community Hospital, United Arab Emirates. Despite the comparatively limited facilities for such a resuscitation, the rapid ethical decisions made when considering the resuscitation of such a borderline viable fetus, were key in avoiding long term neurological and pulmonary problems and contributed to the outcome of a healthy infant.

KEYWORDS:

Infant, extremely low birth weight; Infant, very low birth weight; Respiratory distress syndrome, newborn

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22912932
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PMC3413630
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