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Am J Public Health. 1993 Aug;83(8):1166-8.

Mandating vitamin K prophylaxis for newborns in New York State.

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  • 1School of Public Health, State University of New York, Albany.

Abstract

New York State's infant deaths and hospitalizations attributed to hemorrhagic disease of the newborn and other neonatal hemorrhagic conditions were reviewed. In 65% of 34 deaths reviewed, vitamin K was not documented as given or was given only after the onset of hemorrhage. Vitamin K was not included in standing orders in any of 22 hospitals contacted. As a result of this review, vitamin K prophylaxis was made a mandatory newborn care procedure in the State Public Health Code.

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8342729
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PMC1695173
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