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

M. Terese Verklan

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11 Scopus citations


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 2009
Externally publishedYes


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care


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