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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-4

Impact of early referral on immediate outcome of asphyxiated newborns

1 Department of Pediatrics, Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Consultant Pediatrician, Paras Hospital, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
3 Department of Pediatrics, LN Medical College, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Dr. Poorva Gohiya
Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jcn.JCN_18_20

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Introduction: Perinatal asphyxia is a significant cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality. Early recognition of perinatal asphyxia and timely referral to centers well equipped in postresuscitation management helps to minimize unfavorable consequences. We did this observational study with the aim of finding out the impact of referral timings on early (72 h) outcome of asphyxiated newborns. Materials and Methods: This is a prospective observational study conducted in the sick newborn care unit, of a teaching institute in central India, over a period of 12 months. We enrolled 150 full-term neonates admitted with perinatal asphyxia. Their early outcome was recorded and analyzed. Results: The short-term outcome of asphyxiated neonates at 72 h of admission was significantly better when they were admitted within 6 h of birth. Conclusion: Early recognition of birth asphyxia and timely referral helps in reducing morbidity and mortality in neonates.

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