5 years ago

Physiological vital sign ranges in newborns from 34 weeks gestation: A systematic review

The birth process and the moments thereafter are a crucial time for newborns as they adapt to extra uterine life. The adaptive process begins immediately and can take a number of days to complete. The process involves initiating and maintaining respirations, thermoregulation, and the change from foetal circulation to newborn circulation. The majority of newborns successfully adapt to extra uterine life, some experience difficulty. Early warning tools may assist clinicians identify early signs of failure to adapt and/or deterioration but these are dependent on Normal’ vital sign reference ranges for triggering an escalation of care. Age-matched early warning tools may improve the sensitivity of tools. Objective To identify physiological vital sign reference ranges for newborns34 weeks gestation from two hours of age. Design Systematic Review. Data Sources Between August 2016 and January 2017, PubMed, CINAHL, Embase, The Cochrane Library databases, and conference abstracts were searched for primary studies published between 1946-2017. Reference lists of retrieved articles were reviewed for potential studies. Review methods Primary studies published in English that reported physiological vital sign reference ranges pertaining to well newborns born from 34 weeks gestation were selected. Two authors independently assessed eligibility of studies for inclusion. Titles and abstracts were matched with the inclusion criteria: studies investigating heart or respiratory rate, temperature, blood pressure and oxygen saturations in well newborns greater than 34 weeks gestational age. Assessment of quality and grading of level of evidence were assessed using National Health and Medical Research Council level of Evidence Hierarchy Table and the Quality Assessment Tool for Quantitative Studies. Any disagreements were resolved by consensus. Data were extracted by two reviewers. Results A total of 1497 primary studies were retrieved. Following screening and removal of duplicates and screening, 10 primary studies investigating heart rate (n=1), respiratory rate (n=1), temperature (n=1), blood pressure (n=4) and oxygen saturations (n=3) were eligible for inclusion in this review. The populations studied included term (n=6) or both preterm and term newborns (n=4). No reference ranges for any vital sign measurements could be identified from the included literature. In addition, inconsistencies between vital sign parameters of newborns were identified between the studies. Conclusion There is paucity of normal vital sign data in the late preterm >34 weeks and post term gestational age cohorts despite literature suggesting differences in physiological maturity between these cohorts.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0020748917302304

You might also like
Discover & Discuss Important Research

Keeping up-to-date with research can feel impossible, with papers being published faster than you'll ever be able to read them. That's where Researcher comes in: we're simplifying discovery and making important discussions happen. With over 19,000 sources, including peer-reviewed journals, preprints, blogs, universities, podcasts and Live events across 10 research areas, you'll never miss what's important to you. It's like social media, but better. Oh, and we should mention - it's free.

  • Download from Google Play
  • Download from App Store
  • Download from AppInChina

Researcher displays publicly available abstracts and doesn’t host any full article content. If the content is open access, we will direct clicks from the abstracts to the publisher website and display the PDF copy on our platform. Clicks to view the full text will be directed to the publisher website, where only users with subscriptions or access through their institution are able to view the full article.