Use of Surfactant in Very Low Birth Weight Infants with Severe Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Initial Experience and Problems
It is now accepted that surfactant therapy is effective in prevention and amelioration of the respiratory distress syndrome (Avery et al. 1986). However, the question whether to await establishment of RDS or treat some or all infants at risk prophylactically at birth remains to be answered. The approach ultimately adopted may depend on the risk of mortality and morbidity from RDS in a particular perinatal unit and the efficacy of surfactant in routine clinical practice.
KeywordsSurfactant Catheter Dopamine Indomethacin Pneumothorax
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