Acid-base balance in small premature infants (less than 1500 grams) with type II RDS.

T. F. Yeh, M. Reveri, R. S. Pildes

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Abstract

Twenty-one small premature infants with clinical features and radiological findings of type II RDS were studied. Correction of blood pH, corresponding with the decrease of blood PaCO2, was usually seen in the first eight hours of age. Clinical inprovement, as judged by the RDS score, was noted only after 12 hours of age. Complete recovery was the rule although signs of respiratory distress in a few infants lasted for 48-72 hours. The calculated AaDO2 and total Qs/Qt weer slightly higher (27.8%) than reported in normal infants and remained unchanged until after 48 hours of age when it decreased to 24.5%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-9
Number of pages4
JournalCritical Care Medicine
Volume6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1978

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  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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