Higher Oxygen Levels Improve Preterm Survival, Increase Risk for Eye Condition – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Study findings show that higher oxygen levels improve survival of very preterm babies, but increase risk for an eye condition. Dr. Rosemary Higgins at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development explains.
Higgins: We know that if a baby’s blood oxygen levels are too low, they can develop brain or other organ damage, or even die. On the other hand, we know that some babies given 100 percent oxygen are at high risk for a condition known as retinopathy of prematurity.
Narrator: The study provides new information on how much oxygen preterm infants should receive and the best way to deliver it to them. Find details at www.nichd.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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