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Title: Respiratory difficulties in the newborn period
Authors: Psaila, Angelo J.
Keywords: Respiratory insufficiency in children
Abnormalities, Human
Cyanosis in children
Newborn infants -- Diseases
Issue Date: 1971
Publisher: Malta Medical Students Association
Citation: Psaila, A. J. (1971). Respiratory difficulties in the newborn period. Chest-piece, 3(3), 35-39.
Abstract: One of the major problems in paediatric practice is respiratory distress of the newborn. This problem is frequently met with; the causes are various and the mortality rate is considerably high. The neonatal period covers the first four weeks of life. Depending upon its basic cause, respiratory distress may make its appearance immediately after birth or at any time thereafter. The severity varies from simple rapidity of respiratory rate (tachypnoea), to the most extreme air hunger. The main physical signs which are found in most moderate to severe cases are: increased respiratory rate, cyanosis, grunting respirations, intercostal and sternaI retraction and seesawing of the abdominal wall. Silverman et al. evaluate severity of respiratory distress by assigning a score of 0, 1, or 2, to 5 of these physical signs, the sum constituting the infant's score. Silverman score for assessing respiratory distress is used in most units in the United Kingdom and United States of America.
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