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    Infant to staff ratios and risk of mortality in very low birth weight infants

    Dear Editor

    I was very interested to read the article by Callaghan and colleagues,[1] in which they conclude that increased staffing numbers may be detrimental to the survival of preterm infants on their neonatal intensive care unit. I was puzzled to determine how these results could differ from the logical assumption that with more nurses to care for critically ill infants there should be an improved outcome....

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    Re: Infant to staff ratios and risk of mortality in very low birthweight infants
    • Jon S Dorling, Specialist Registrar in Neonatal Medicine
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      • Jag S. Ahluwalia

    Dear Editor

    We were very interested to read the article by Callaghan et al.[1] They report a decline in mortality with less nurses caring for high-risk infants over the first three days of life. This is a suprising finding, which is counter-intuitive to established neonatal wisdom. Indeed the authors quote a smaller study by Hamilton et al,[2] which found an increase in mortality with a reduced...

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