Effect of topical treatment with skin barrier-enhancing emollients on nosocomial infections in preterm infants in Bangladesh: a randomised controlled trial.

TitleEffect of topical treatment with skin barrier-enhancing emollients on nosocomial infections in preterm infants in Bangladesh: a randomised controlled trial.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsDarmstadt GL, Saha SK, Ahmed NUASM, Chowdhury AMAK, Law PA, Ahmed S, Alam MA, Black RE, Santosham M
JournalLancet
Volume365
Issue9464
Pagination1039-45
Date Published2005 Mar 19-25
Abstract

Infections and complications of prematurity are main causes of neonatal mortality. Very low birthweight premature infants have compromised skin barrier function, and are at especially high risk for serious infections and mortality. Our aim was to ascertain whether topical application of emollients to enhance skin barrier function would prevent nosocomial infections in this population.

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