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Neonatal respiratory distress in the community hospital: when to transport, when to keep.
The Journal of family practice
  • H. Hein
  • J. W. Ely
  • Maria A Lofgren, University of Iowa
Document Type
Article
Peer Reviewed
1
Publication Date
4-1-1998
Abstract

Neonatal respiratory distress is a common problem confronting family physicians. Although respiratory distress may represent a benign, self-limited process, it may also be the first sign of sepsis or serious cardiopulmonary disease. Because it is crucial to differentiate the two, we offer a practical approach to the treatment of neonatal respiratory distress at community hospitals. Our method, the Rule of 2 Hours, is based on readily accessible clinical findings. We believe it will help physicians detect babies at risk for serious problems, but will not result in unnecessary referral of neonates that are simply adapting to extrauterine life.

Keywords
  • Clinical Protocols,
  • Family Practice,
  • Hospitalization,
  • Hospitals,
  • Community,
  • Humans,
  • Infant,
  • Newborn,
  • Iowa,
  • Patient Transfer,
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome,
  • Newborn,
  • Time Factors
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Citation Information
H. Hein, J. W. Ely and Maria A Lofgren. "Neonatal respiratory distress in the community hospital: when to transport, when to keep." The Journal of family practice Vol. 46 Iss. 4 (1998) p. 284 - 289 ISSN: 0094-3509
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/maria_lofgren/9/