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Study Shows Variations in Breathing in Premature Newborns in Car Seats

Researchers cite a need for clearer guidelines to help hospitals implement consistent safety practices.

A study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) has found wide variations throughout the United States in the way hospitals ensure that premature or low-birth weight infants can breathe safely in a car seat before discharging them.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that the same infant who passes a screening in one hospital’s newborn nursery may fail in similar facilities at another hospital’s nursery. The authors concluded that “further guidance on screening practices and failure criteria is needed to inform future practice and policy” to better protect these vulnerable newborns.

Read more in the UMSOM Newsroom.