Table 1

Details of infants before randomisation

NIRS (n=37)Conventional (n=37)
Results are given as median (range) or number (percentage).
NIRS, Near infrared spectroscopy—that is, group assessed using this technique.
Birth weight (g)1200 (1004–1373)1136 (1009–1285)
Gestational age (weeks)29 (27–31)30 (27–32)
Infants less than/equal to 1000 g9 (24%)9 (24%)
Postnatal age at randomisation (days)5 (3–8)5 (3–8)
Hb at randomisation (g/l)160 (149–179)155 (145–181)
Transfusions before randomisation0 (0–1)0 (0–1)
Ventilated (at any time)21 (57%)17 (46%)
Fraction of inspired oxygen (%) at  randomisation21 (21–23)21 (21–21)