Premature babies: Simple procedure by Australian doctors could save thousands of lives each year
Exclusive by medical reporter Sophie Scott and the National Reporting Team’s Meredith Griffiths
Updated October 30, 2017 20:03:45
The lives of tens of thousands of premature babies could be saved by simply delaying clamping the umbilical cord by one minute, according to Australian doctors.
The team of doctors from the University of Sydney reviewed the findings of 18 clinical trials around the world, involving almost 3,000 babies born before 37 weeks’ gestation.
They found waiting 60 seconds before clamping the umbilical cord reduced the risk of deaths by one third.
University of Sydney professor Jonathan Morris said delayed clamping was standard practice in full-term babies, as …