I tried doing a Google search, but I haven't been able to find anything that's been published within the past year or two. Does anyone have a link to a study that shows current survival rates for preemie's
It just seems we've had more than our usual number of ex-23 and 24 weekers coming into PICU recently (many without major lasting complications), and I'm curious how our NICU technological advances have increased survival rates in the past few years.
May 28, '12
I can't help you with survival rates...but there are way more 23 weekers around (and unfortunately "23" weekers that are really 22 but the referring hosp/delivery doc resus's anyways...another story), in any case working at a children's hospital I don't see the "good" preemies often (they get sent when they get sick at the OSH), but a friend of mine went to work at a delivery hospital and was blown away by how many fairly normal 23 weekers she saw go home (normal meaning no evidence of bleeds, eating well, no resp issues, no obvious issues at that time) so that gives me a little more hope.
I also recently took care of a 10 year old who was an ex 26 weeker...that girl didn't miss a beat, very intelligent with no issues related to her prematurity
May 28, '12
Thanks for sharing. It's interesting. It seems like we are getting a lot of 4-10 month olds who were micro-preemies that have very few issues (taking all PO feeds, not O2 dependent at home, relatively on track developmentally). However our 3-5 year old ex-preemies tend to be trach/GT dependent more frequently.
May 29, '12
There is a registry of small babies...I'll have to ask at work and see if there is something on line.
May 31, '12
On the March of Dimes website there are some statistics on preemies and mortality/morbidity stats too.