So, He's a Little Premature...What's the Big Deal?

M. Terese Verklan

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    Health care providers have recently recognized that a large segment of the morbidity associated with preterm birth is disproportionately due to the late preterm infant (LPI). One explanation is that this population is the fastest-growing sector of all preterm births. This article describes the epidemiology and etiology of the LPI, and discusses why the LPI is at an increased risk for complications, such as thermal instability, hypoglycemia, feeding difficulties, respiratory distress, hyperbilirubinemia, and sepsis. The need for emergency department visits after hospital discharge and what is currently known regarding neurodevelopmental outcomes are also presented.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)149-161
    Number of pages13
    JournalCritical care nursing clinics of North America
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Jun 1 2009


    • Feeding difficulties
    • Hyperbilirubinemia
    • Hypoglycemia
    • LPI
    • Respiratory distress
    • Sepsis
    • Thermal instability

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Critical Care


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