Neonatal prevention of iron deficiency

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7038.1102d (Published 27 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1102

Blood can be transfused from cord clamped at placental end

  1. D G Daniel,
  2. A N A Weerakkody
  1. Consultant obstetrician Consultant obstetrician Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, Gwent NP9 2UB

    EDITOR,—Alfredo Pisacane advocates placental transfusion to increase iron stores in neonates.1 This is easy at vaginal delivery but difficult and potentially hazardous at caesarean section. We would suggest clamping of the placental end of the cord as an alternative (DGD and ANAW, 27th British congress in obstetrics and gynaecology, Dublin, 1995), especially in premature infants, who will benefit from an increase in haemopoietic stem cells2 …

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