Australian Placental Transfusion Study

NEONATOLOGY: Wait a minute! Clamping the umbilical cord later saves preterm babies' lives

Thousands of preterm babies could be saved by waiting 60 seconds before clamping the umbilical cord after birth instead of clamping it immediately, according to two international studies supported by hundreds of parents and professionals worldwide and coordinated by CTC. The studies were presented to more than 1350 international neonatal care professionals at the Vermont Oxford Network (VON) 2017 Annual Quality Congress in Chicago.

The review, led by University of Sydney researchers, assessed morbidity and mortality outcomes from 18 trials comparing delayed versus immediate cord clamping in nearly 3000 babies born before 37 weeks' gestation.

It found clear evidence that delayed clamping reduced hospital mortality by a third and is safe for mothers and preterm infants. The study is approved for publishing in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology,

The review confirms new findings from the Australian Placental Transfusion Study, published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, reporting that delayed clamping might reduce mortality before 36 weeks-tentative evidence has now been confirmed by an updated review of all relevant trials.

A summary of results has been prepared for APTS parents and can be found here.

Information about the APTS study is on the APTS website here and on the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trial Registry here

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 1 November 2017