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Preventing hypothermia at birth in preterm babies: at a cost of overheating some?
  1. T Newton,
  2. M Watkinson
  1. Neonatal Unit, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, UK;

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    In the Epicure study, the odds ratio of death before discharge for babies whose temperature on admission to the neonatal unit was > 35°C was 0.58 (95% confidence interval (CI) 0.39 to 0.85) compared with those with lower temperatures.1 In 2001, we therefore introduced a policy of wrapping neonates < 30 weeks gestation in polythene bags at birth without first drying …

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