What is it about?

Many preterm infants need respiratory support after birth. The aim of the study was to determine the duration of mechanical ventilation (MV), which significantly increased the risk of adverse outcomes in VLBW infants. Based on the data from 1086 VLBW infants who were cared for with MV, we found that duration of MV longer than 60.5 hours was an independent risk factor of adverse outcomes in this population.

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Why is it important?

Despite the important role of MV in reducing mortality in very preterm infants, its use is often associated with complications especially when applied for a prolonged period. However, it is not known if there is a minimal threshold period of MV after exceeding of which the risk of complications will significantly increase.


Writing this article was a pleasure as it has co-author with whom I have had long standing collaborations. This article also leads me to a greater involvement in research of improving treatment outcomes in preterm infants.

Anna Menshykova

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This page is a summary of: Duration of mechanical ventilation and clinical outcomes in very low birth weight infants: A single center 10-years cohort study, Journal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, December 2023, IOS Press,
DOI: 10.3233/npm-230142.
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