MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Abhay K Lodha MD, DM, MSc
Department of Pediatrics
Alberta Health Services
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: There is no physiological rationale for clamping the umbilical cord immediately after birth. In moderate (32+0 weeks-33+6 weeks) and late preterm infants (34+0 to 36+6), delayed cord clamping reduces the need for blood transfusions, leads to circulatory stability and improves blood pressure.
However, the information on the association of delayed cord clamping with outcomes for extremely low gestational age neonates (22-28 weeks of gestation) is limited.