Survival rates for extremely preterm infants, babies who born between 22 and 24 weeks of pregnancy, have slightly improved from a decade ago, according to a new research.
A team of researchers collected data on survival rates and neurodevelopmental impairments for nearly 4,000 early preterm infants from a National Institutes of Health research network. A deep study of the data indicated that survival rates of preterm babies born between 2000 and 2011 improved from 30 per cent to 36 per cent.
The proportion of early preterm infants who didn’t develop neurological impairments jumped from 16 per cent to 20 per cent.
Study author Rosemary Higgins, a scientist from the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, said, “The survival rates are increasing over time, and the rates of impairment did not go up with that increase, which is very reassuring.”
Higgins added that their study provides significant information for doctors and has crucial health-care implications for sick or premature infants.
Encouraging findings of the new research were published in the latest edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.