Survanta in the Treatment of RDS in NICU Patients

Infasurf is a pure lung surfactant that helps in improving the breathing process of the new-born patient suffering from RDS.

Online PR News – 09-July-2011 – – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, U.S:Survanta (Beractant) is widely used in the treatment of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in premature infants. Made from animal lung protein, Survanta keeps the lungs from collapsing by reducing the surface tension of fluids inside the lungs. Introduced in 1991, Survanta has treated more than 800,000 infants, with more than one million doses administered.

RDS is most common in premature infants who are born approximately six weeks before their due date. Infants who experience respiratory distress lack sufficient amounts of surfactant, the liquid that coats the inside of the lungs. Babies usually don’t start producing surfactant until a few weeks before they are born. Without enough surfactant, the lungs collapse and premature infants have to work hard to breathe. By reducing the surface tension of fluids inside the lungs, Survanta prevents the lungs from collapsing in infants with RDS. Infants who have RDS display symptoms of respiratory distress at birth, or in the hours immediately following birth. Typical symptoms of respiratory distress in infants include:

• Shallow, rapid breathing
• Noticeable pulling in of the chest between the ribs with each breath
• Grunting
• Flaring the nostrils

Survanta should be administered to infants who are at risk of developing RDS, or who show signs of surfactant deficiency, minutes or hours after birth. Survanta must be administered in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a specialized setting for premature babies or newborns who need special care. A NICU is sometimes called a newborn intensive care, or an intensive care nursery. Babies who need to go to the NICU are often admitted within the first 24 hours after birth. Babies may be sent to the NICU if they are born prematurely, or if they have difficulties within the first few days of birth. The severity of the illness will dictate how long a baby will stay in the NICU.

Newborns who are admitted to the NICU and given Survanta will require very specialized care. As a parent, it’s important to talk with your doctor regarding any special instructions for your baby once he or she is released from the NICU, including restrictions on feeding or other medications after your baby has been treated with Survanta. It’s also important to watch for any side effects while Survanta is being administered. Survanta should only be used in a highly supervised clinical setting by neonatal specialists who are experts in the care of premature infants.

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