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Volume 15/Issue 4, July 2019

PReCePT: reducing cerebral palsy through improving uptake of magnesium sulphate in preterm deliveries

Ellie Wetz

Neonatal healthcare professionals in every maternity unit in the country are working together with England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) to help improve outcomes for babies born very prematurely. Through the PReCePT (PReventing Cerebral palsy in PreTerm labour) programme, women threatened with very preterm birth at ≤30 weeks of pregnancy are offered magnesium sulphate, which has a protective effect on the preterm neonatal brain. As a result, fewer babies are likely to develop cerebral palsy, improving quality of life for preterm babies and their families.

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