Table 1

Demographic details

Conventional n=193 Trigger n=193
Male (%)112 (58)117 (61)
Randomisation groups
 1000–1499 g (% male)131 (52)123 (59)
 1500–1999 g (% male)62 (69)70 (64)
Gestation weeks (range)29 (25–34)29 (25–36)
Birthweight g (range)1320 (1006–1996)1336 (1000–1997)
Antenatal steroids (%)152/176 (86)141/169 (83)
⩾2 doses (%)111/176 (63)97/169 (57)
Mode/reason of delivery (%)
 EmCS—PIH/APH29 (15)47 (24)
 EmCS—fetal distress43 (22)55 (28)
 Spontaneous vaginal delivery70 (36)55 (28)
 Semi-elective CS—IUGR7 (4)2 (1)
 Other/not apparent44 (23)34 (18)
Sepsis (%)
 Any septic episode66 (34)61 (32)
 Total blood culture positive episodes8778
 CNS positive episodes8170
 >1 CNS positive episodes15 (8)15 (8)
 Not known17 (9)24 (12)
  • EmCS = emergency caesarean section; PIH = pregnancy induced hypertension; APH = antepartum haemorrhage; IUGR = intrauterine growth retardation; CNS = coagulase negative staphylococci