Volume 16/Issue 4, July 2020
Mortality data by day of life: should this be part of parental counselling on the neonatal unit?
Jennifer Salvanos, Anne E. Bean, Simon J. Clark
Antenatal counselling given to women and families who are anticipating extremely premature delivery of their baby inevitably involves discussion around mortality and these discussions continue on the neonatal unit. This can be challenging to address, particularly as mortality risk changes over time. Through analysing mortality rates by day of life for each gestation over time in a single unit, it is possible to have more accurate data on this. However, whether or how this should be communicated to parents remains challenging.
Salvanos J., Bean A.E., Clark S.J. Mortality data by day of life: should this be part of parental counselling on the neonatal unit? Infant 2020; 16(4): 164-65.
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