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Subject:  Re: If We Can Prevent Even One Death!!!! Date:  2/13/2013  4:38 PM
Author:  JLC Number:  671442 of 876399

Medical care has changed. Even so, I am surprised that you haven't seen any deaths.

Sometimes I wonder that myself too.

But just to show you how drastic things have changed in as little as ten years... frequent surgery we did was placing shunts in premature babies that were developing hydrocephalus. Seemed like we were doing at least one a week. I don't think I've done one in about a year, maybe longer. I talked to our Peds Intensivist awhile back, he said it boils down to better drugs and other interventions.

Could almost say the same thing for PDA ligation. Ditto drugs.

I'm sure the maternal mortality has changed from several factors: more monitoring, better tests, safer anesthesia, and better NICU intervention which all lead to doing sections before anyone has a chance to get into big trouble.

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