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Disease Patterns and Outcomes of Neonatal Admissions at a Secondary Care Hospital in Pakistan

Author(s): Syed R. Ali | Shakeel Ahmed | Heeramani Lohana

Journal: Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal : SQUMJ
ISSN 2075-051X

Volume: 13;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 417;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Neonatal Prematurity | Infant | Low Birth Weight | Neonatal Jaundice | Asphyxia Neonatorum | Pakistan.

Objectives: This study aimed to determine the disease patterns and outcome of patients admitted to the neonatal unit of a secondary care hospital in Pakistan from January to December 2009. Methods: Retrospective data from the medical records of all neonates admitted during the study period were reviewed and analysed for age, weight, sex, reason for admission, duration of hospital stay, diagnosis and final outcome. Trends were examined to identify the indicators of inpatient neonatal deaths. Results: The total number of neonates admitted during the study period was 1,554; 979 were male (63%), and 575 were female (37%). A total of 891 patients (57.3%) were born in the hospital while 663 (42.7%) were born elsewhere. The majority were admitted during the first 24 hours of life (51.3%). A total of 13 patients (0.8%) weighed
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