Premature babies born in big hospitals 'more likely to survive'

Premature babies born in larger hospitals are more likely to survive than those born in smaller ones, according to a new study.

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Premature babies 'less likely to die' in high-volume units

A study into neonatal care examined data concerning more than 20,000 premature babies born at 165 NHS neonatal units in England between January 2009 and December 2011.

Of these:

  • Almost 18,000 were born when the mother was 27-32 weeks pregnant
  • The rest were born before 27 weeks.

Infants were less likely to die if they were admitted to a high-volume neonatal unit at the hospital where they were born, the scientists claimed.

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