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Surfactant replacement therapy – a milestone in neonatology

The Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) is a lung disorder that is mostly seen in preterm babies, especially those born before week 30. It is caused by a lack of surfactant, which is a substance that coats the inside of the lungs and prevents the small air sacs (alveoli) from collapsing.1 In preparation for breathing air, fetuses begin producing surfactant during the third trimester of pregnancy through labour and delivery. Depending on the level of prematurity, the lungs of a baby…
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The benefits of the less invasive surfactant application (LISA) in preterm infants

Infants born without enough surfactant may develop a condition called respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). RDS occurs in preterm infants due to the immaturity of their lungs and inability to make sufficient surfactant. On the occasion of our topic of the month “Patient safety and hygiene practice”, we spoke with the neonatologist Dr Angela Kribs, Germany, who together with further experts investigated a less invasive surfactant application protocol (LISA) in extremely preterm infants. The Nonintubated Surfactant Application trial was a multicenter,…
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