Hypothermia soon after delivery has been independently associated with increased mortality and other adverse clinical outcomes in newborns. This review describes mechanisms of heat loss, particularly in the vulnerable preterm infant, the significance of thermal regulation, and strategies used to create a delivery room environment that facilitates optimal temperature management. Although quality improvement initiatives have successfully reduced rates of admission hypothermia, more research is needed on whether clinical outcomes are improved with active prevention of hypothermia.
Temperature Management in the Delivery Room and During Neonatal Resuscitation
Drs Lapcharoensap and Lee have disclosed no financial relationships relevant to this article. This commentary does not contain a discussion of an unapproved/investigative use of a commercial product/device.
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Wannasiri Lapcharoensap, Henry C. Lee; Temperature Management in the Delivery Room and During Neonatal Resuscitation. Neoreviews August 2016; 17 (8): e454–e462. https://doi.org/10.1542/neo.17-8-e454
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