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Touch detection of neonatal hypothermia in Nepal

By M Ellis, D Manandhar, L Hunt, S Barnett and K Azad

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The use of touch by health workers to detect hypothermia was examined in 250 newborns in Nepal. Palpation of the feet shows fair interobserver agreement (κ  =  0.4–0.7) and high sensitivity (>80%) but low specificity (36%–74%) compared with axillary thermometry. Traditional birth attendants should feel an infant's feet to detect hypothermia

Topics: Short Report
Publisher: BMJ Group
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:2672844
Provided by: PubMed Central
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