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Evidence based practice in neonatal intensive care: The effect of prophylactic topical emollient ointment therapy and systemic antibiotic administration practices on nosocomial sepsis rates and mortality in extremely low birth weight infants 501 to 1000 grams.


Introduction. Nosocomial sepsis in extremely low birth weight (ELBW) infants 501--1000 grams is associated with increased mortality risk, prolonged hospitalization, and increased costs of care.