Human Development

Premature Infant Survivability Increasing

Premature infant survivability has steadily improved over the last 20 years. One thousand early term infants in Minneapolis hospitals were studied. From 1986-2000, babies at 26 weeks increased survival from 76% to 93%;  at 25 weeks the survival rate rose from 69% to 85%; at 24 weeks, the survival rate is up from 49% to 81%. At 23 weeks, the survival rate is up from 40% to 65%.

[World Magazine, 26June2004; RTL Greater Cincinnati, 2/05]