WILLIAM GAGE / CUSTOM MEDICAL STOCK PHOTO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY WILLIAM GAGE / CUSTOM MEDICAL STOCK PHOTO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Premature baby. View of a newborn premature baby being attended to by nurses, in a neonatal intensive care unit. A nurse hand is seen fitting an electrode to the baby's chest, which monitors heartbeat and rate of breathing. At upper centre is the tube from a respirator, through which the baby may be fed oxygen. Although not seen here, the baby may be placed in an incubator to provide controlled temperature and humidity as ideal conditions for survival. An incubator also provides some protection from airborne infection.
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