Study Shows 67% of Babies Born at 22-23 Weeks Survive If Given ‘Active’ Care

By Lauretta Brown | May 27, 2016 | 12:29pm EDT
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( – A study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) released earlier this week found that more than two-thirds of babies born at 22-23 weeks gestational age survive when given active medical care.

The study involved a data analysis of 106 infants born at 22 or 23 weeks of gestation at a neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Cologne Medical Centre in Cologne, Germany.

Of these 106 infants, 20 (19%) received palliative care and 86 (81%) received active care. Fifty-eight of the 86 infants who received active care (67%) survived until hospital discharge (17 born at 22 weeks and 41 born at 23 weeks).

The study concluded that “one in 4 infants born at the border of viability and offered active care survived without severe complications.”

These findings mirror those of a New England Journal of Medicine study released last May which found that five percent of babies born at 22 weeks survived with treatment and about one-third of babies at 23 weeks gestation survived after treatment.

Dr. Edward Bell, a co-author of that study told the New York Times last year that he considers 22 weeks a new marker of viability.

“That’s what we think, but this is a pretty controversial area,” Bell said. “I guess we would say that these babies deserve a chance.”

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