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Small Babies on a Small Island: Survival of Very Low Birthweight Infants in Antigua and Barbuda 1986 to 2006

Review of survival of all very low birthweight babies (VLBW, birthweight < 1500 g) admitted to the Special Care Nursery in Antigua between January 1986 and December 2006 was performed. Survival to discharge of all VLBW infants improved from 45% to 60%, with survival of those 1000 to 1499g improving from 60 to 83% and those < 1000g from 10 to 28%, comparing 1986–1992 to 2000–2006.


Introduction: Recent attention has been focussed on pregnancy outcomes in developing countries, with the publication of the World Health Organization Report 2005, Make Every Mother and Child Count and the Neonatal Survival Series from the Lancet in 2005. Scant outcome data from the smaller islands of the Caribbean exist for very low birthweight (VLBW) babies (birthweight < 1500 g).

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e-Published: 01 Oct, 2013
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