The effect of introduction of minimal standards of neonatal care on in-hospital mortality.
T Duke, L Willie, JM Mgone
Papua New Guinea Medical Journal | Published : 2000
A retrospective study was done to assess the effect on in-hospital neonatal mortality of a series of interventions in neonatal care in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Between 1995 and 1997, prior to the interventions, the mortality among neonates admitted to the Goroka Hospital Special Care Nursery was 18% and two-thirds of very low birthweight (1-1.5 kg) neonates died. The interventions began in December 1997 and were aimed at reducing mortality among all neonates and particularly among those with very low birthweight. Compared to the 30-month period prior to the interventions, the in-hospital neonatal mortality in the 30-month period after the interventions began was 44% lower (relative..View full abstract