Enteral feeding of preterm neonates: a survey of Australian neonatologists
Patole, S., and Muller, R. (2004) Enteral feeding of preterm neonates: a survey of Australian neonatologists. Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 16 (5). pp. 309-314.
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Postnatal growth restriction has been recently identified as a serious problem in preterm, especially extremely low birth weight neonates who are also at the highest risk for necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). The fear of NEC and the difficulties in interpreting the signs of feed intolerance continue to be responsible for the variations in enteral feeding practices for these neonates. Such variations in clinical practice (e.g. fluid management, feeding regimens) have also been proposed to represent the 'iatrogenic' component of NEC. The findings of a survey (a questionnaire for self-administration and anonymous response) to document the enteral feeding practices of Australian neonatologists for neonates <32 weeks' gestation are reported. A few controversial feeding practices are discussed in the light of the current evidence. The importance of minimizing variations in nutritional practices is emphasized.
|Item Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
|Keywords:||feeding regimen; neonatology; enternal; neonates; survey|
|FoR Codes:||11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920105 Digestive System Disorders @ 100%|
|Deposited On:||01 Mar 2010 09:14|
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