Bubble CPAP, surfactant is an option for VLBW infants, study finds

03/28/2012 | Medscape (free registration)

Prophylactic bubble continuous positive airway pressure and early selective surfactant use only if necessary offers a less invasive and less expensive way to manage breathing in very low birth weight infants, researchers from South America reported in the Journal of Pediatrics. The strategy reduced ventilator use and did not increase mortality in the study, and author Dr. Jose Tapia said it has the potential to become standard therapy.

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