Changes in neonatal care have resulted in an increased survival rate among low birth weight infants. Because their neurologic system is immature, these infants are vulnerable to neurologic injury. Major and minor neurodevelopmental consequences can result. Most preterm infants survive without serious difficulties; however, the lower the birth weight, the higher the likelihood that problems will occur Numerous factors can increase a preterm infant’s risk for disease and impairment, and the neonatal nurse can perform a significant role in minimizing this risk.
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Preventing Negative Outcomes of Acute Illness in Children| February 01 1998
Neurodevelopmental Consequences Associated With the Premature Neonate
Jo Ann D’Agostino, RN, MSN, CPNP;
AACN Adv Crit Care (1998) 9 (1): 11–24.
Jo Ann D’Agostino, Patricia Clifford; Neurodevelopmental Consequences Associated With the Premature Neonate. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 February 1998; 9 (1): 11–24. doi:
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