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Higher Oxygen Levels Improve Preterm Survival

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Published on May 6, 2010

New findings from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development show that higher oxygen levels improve very preterm infants' survival but increase the risk for a condition that can damage the retina. The study also found that a treatment typically used for adults with sleep apnea also is as effective as the traditional ventilator and surfactant therapy used to treat breathing difficulties in preterm infants -- and may result in fewer complications.

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