Higher Oxygen Levels Improve Preterm Survival, Increase Risk for Eye Condition – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. How much oxygen very preterm infants receive is extremely important for their survival. But too much can increase risk for eye damage, according to researchers.
Higgins: We also want to emphasize that CPAP appears to be an appropriate first treatment for preterm newborns…
Narrator: Dr. Rosemary Higgins at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development explains that a continuous positive airway pressure- or CPAP-machine can gently inflate the lungs of preterm infants.
Higgins:… Especially for these very tiny, very preterm infants and is associated with fewer complications.
Narrator: For more on this research, visit 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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