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
- 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.