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Chronic lung disease (CLD) of prematurity remains a significant long-term complication of preterm birth. The National Neonatal Audit Programme 2016 annual report shows that the rate of significant CLD among babies born at <32 weeks gestation varies from <30% to >40% in different neonatal units.1 The reason for this variation is unknown and different treatment choices could be contributing.1 European consensus guidelines for the management of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) are evidence-based (EB) recommendations which aim at maximising survival in preterm infants while minimising complications such as CLD. …
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