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PREM BABIES COULD SPEND LESS TIME ON POTENTIALLY HARMFUL VENTILATORS THANKS TO CHRISTCHURCH RESEARCH

A new discovery about the lungs of premature babies – which could improve the way neonatal patients are treated – has been made as part of a Christchurch research collaboration.


The study at Christchurch Women’s Hospital’s Neonatal Unit (NICU) has found differences in the lungs of baby boys and girls, and could mean shorter time is spent on a potentially damaging ventilator for tiny patients.


The findings are the work of Kyeong Tae Kim, a mechanical engineering student at University of Canterbury (UC), who studied infant ventilator use as part of his PhD, which he received after graduating this week.


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