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More and earlier surfactant for preterm infants
  1. J L Hughes1,
  2. E McCall1,
  3. F Alderdice2,
  4. J Jenkins1,
  5. for the members of the Neonatal Intensive Care Outcome Research and Evaluation Group
  1. 1Department of Child Health, Queen’s University Belfast, Institute of Clinical Science, Grosvenor Road, Belfast BT12 6BJ, Northern Ireland, UK
  2. 2School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast, Medical Biology Centre, 97 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7BL
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Jenkins
    Paediatric Department, Antrim Hospital, Antrim BT41 2RL, North Ireland, UK; j.jenkins{at}


Surfactant administration to infants born at less than 32 weeks gestation was compared between two time periods (1 April 1994 to 31 March 1996 and 1 April 1999 to 31 March 2001). Overall administration increased significantly from 41% to 54%, and within one hour of birth from 13% to 60%. Regional data collection and feedback helps promote quality improvement and implementation of published evidence and guidelines.

  • RDS, respiratory distress syndrome
  • NIC, neonatal intensive care
  • preterm
  • surfactant
  • quality improvement

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  • Funding: Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland.

  • Competing interests: none declared

  • Ethics approval: confirmation was received from the Queens University Belfast Research Ethics Committee that this project did not require ethics approval.