NEJM publication: Nasal High-Flow Therapy for Newborn Infants in Special Care Nurseries
Health Economics Unit staff member Dr Li Huang, together with clinicians from Victoria and New South Wales, published a recent article in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Their study, using data from 9 Australian special care nurseries, showed that nasal high-flow therapy had a higher treatment failure rate than CPAP in the first 72 hours after randomization. However, high-flow treatment was successful in about 80% of cases. With the protocol that infants in whom high-flow treatment failed could receive CPAP, there were no important differences in outcomes between the groups. The study showcased a fantastic collaboration between tertiary and non-tertiary institutions.
Dr Li Huang is supported by senior staff A/Prof Kim Dalziel who is acknowledged as the study investigator.