A hospital policy change toward delayed cord clamping is effective in improving hemoglobin levels and anemia status of 8-month-old peruvian infants

Theresa W. Gyorkos, Mathieu Maheu-Giroux, Brittany Blouin, Hilary Creed-Kanashiro, Martín Casapía, Eder Aguilar, Hermánn Silva, Serene A. Joseph, Mary E. Penny

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Abstract

Objective: To assess the effectiveness of a hospital policy change toward delayed cord clamping on infant hemoglobin (Hb) levels and anemia status at 4 and 8 months of age.Methods: A cohort of Peruvian mothers and infants, originating from a pre/post study investigating a change in hospital policy from early to delayed cord clamping, was followed until 8 months postpartum. Infant hemoglobin levels and anemia status were measured at 4 and 8 months postpartum.Results: Following the hospital policy change, adjusted mean infant Hb levels improved by 0.89 gdl-1 [95% confidence interval (95% CI) 0.57-1.22] and anemia was significantly reduced (aOR = 0.38; 95% CI 0.19-0.78) at 8 months postpartum.Conclusions: A hospital policy change toward delayed cord clamping is effective in improving Hb levels and the anemia status of 8-month-old infants. Prior to scaling-up this intervention, issues related to training, monitoring, safety, additional long-term benefits and specific local conditions should be investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberfms012
Pages (from-to)435-440
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Tropical Pediatrics
Volume58
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anemia
  • Cohort
  • Hemoglobin
  • Infant malnutrition
  • Peru
  • Umbilical cord

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