The long-term status of infants surviving serious neonatal illness has been of considerable interest to health professionals involved in the care of mother and child. Remarkable advances in the perinatal diagnosis and management of high-risk mothers and infants have resulted in a decline in mortality for the newborn. Thus, concerns about the quality of survival of this special group of patients are quite valid.
This book has been compiled by Dr Elsa J. Sell, based on the topics discussed in a 1978 course held in Tucson, Ariz, on the follow-up of infants. The contributors are leaders in the field of follow-up care and are well known for their original studies.
In its 26 chapters, the book attempts to provide both practical and theoretical background for persons involved in the follow-up of neonatal intensive care unit (ICU) survivors. The major discussion revolves around five areas of importance: the problems relating to