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Cold comfort for babies
  1. A J Lyon,
  2. B Stenson
  1. Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK;

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    CESDI Project 27/28 investigated the standards of care provided to infants who died after birth at 27–28 weeks gestation in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland during 1998–1999, comparing them with controls who survived.1 Temperature on admission to the neonatal unit was below the British Association of Perinatal Medicine/Royal College of Physicians (BAPM/RCP) standard of 36°C2 in 73% of babies who died and 59% of controls. The CESDI report confirms the findings of the EPICure study,3 which showed that low admission temperature was an independent risk factor for neonatal death after adjustment for other known risks. Alarmingly, the CESDI report concludes that, as most units …

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