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Use of single-family rooms reduces incidence of neonatal sepsis

from Infectious Disease Advisor

Although there was no significant difference in long-term neurodevelopmental outcome in preterm infants hospitalized in single-family rooms compared with open bay units, the single-family room setting significantly reduced neonatal sepsis and improved rates of exclusively breastfeeding at discharge, according to a study recently published in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. Unfavorable environmental factors during hospitalization may affect a range of morbidities in preterm infants, including infections, neurodevelopment, and psychosocial behaviors. more

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