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Some sudden unexpected deaths in infancy may be avoidable

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 11 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:99
  1. Richard Harling, Editorial registrar
  1. BMJ

    Over half of investigated, sudden, unexpected deaths in infancy with an identifiable cause could be avoided, according to the fifth annual report of the confidential inquiry into stillbirths and deaths in infancy, published this week.

    The study first reviewed all 456 deaths in infants aged 1-52 weeks that occurred in five English regions in 1993-6. In 363 cases no adequate explanation for …

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