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Changes in body temperature after birth in preterm infants stabilised in polythene bags
  1. C L Smith,
  2. D Quine,
  3. F McCrosson,
  4. L Armstrong,
  5. A Lyon,
  6. B Stenson
  1. Neonatal Unit, Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Little France Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 4SA, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Smith

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Low admission temperature is an independent risk factor for morbidity and mortality in preterm infants.1 Thermal stability is enhanced by use of polythene bags during stabilisation,2 but it has been suggested that this may induce potentially harmful hyperthermia.3 We have measured the changes in body temperature during the first 15 minutes after birth in infants stabilised in polythene bags.

For an eight month period, infants born at <29 weeks gestation in the Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health, Edinburgh were studied prospectively. They …

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  • Competing interests: none declared