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Prophylaxis of neonatal vitamin K deficiency bleeding in premature infants
  1. TAMSIN L JOSTY, Specialist Registrar Paediatrics
  1. JEAN W A MATTHES, Consultant Paediatrician
  1. All Wales Training Scheme
  2. Singleton Hospital, Swansea, Wales, UK

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Editor—In March 1998, the Department of Health issued new guidelines for prophylaxis of neonatal vitamin K deficiency bleeding.1 The recommended oral preparation for term infants was Konakion Mixed Micellular Paediatric (Konakion MM Paed). The recommendations did not, however, include specific guidelines for premature infants.

We undertook a survey of Welsh neonatal units one year after publication of these guidelines. We were interested in the formulation of vitamin K being given to term …

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