The Meconium Aspiration Syndrome
Aspiration of meconium-stained amniotic fluid during the birth process is a common event that can have catastrophic results. In fact, meconium aspiration syndrome has emerged as a leading cause of death in the neonatal period, with a mortality rate in the term infant as high as 20 times that of all other causes combined (22). Moreover, the impact on infant and family of the prolonged hospitalization, complications, and sequelae of the neonatal disease can be enormous and devastating.
KeywordsAmniotic Fluid Apgar Score Fetal Heart Rate Delivery Room Endotracheal Suction
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