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Surfactant administration to infants born at less than 32 weeks gestation was compared between two time periods (1 April 1994 to 31 March 1996 and 1 April 1999 to 31 March 2001). Overall administration increased significantly from 41% to 54%, and within one hour of birth from 13% to 60%. Regional data collection and feedback helps promote quality improvement and implementation of published evidence and guidelines.

Original publication




Journal article


Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed

Publication Date





F125 - F126


Drug Administration Schedule, Drug Utilization, Humans, Infant, Newborn, Infant, Premature, Intensive Care, Neonatal, Northern Ireland, Prospective Studies, Pulmonary Surfactants, Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Newborn, Time Factors