Late Preterm Infants: Clinical Complications and Risk: Part Two of a Two-Part Series


  • Anne M. Jorgensen, RNC, MS, NNP, is a neonatal nurse practitioner at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY. She is also a clinical instructor at Columbia University School of Nursing in New York, and a DNP student at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. The author reports no conflicts of interest or financial relationships relevant to this article.

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Upon completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • 1Classify infants born between 34 and 36 completed weeks (34 to 36 6/7 weeks) of gestation as late preterm and describe trends in the late preterm infant birth rate.
  • 2Describe the 4 “U's” of late preterm infants that contribute to their risk for morbidity and mortality.
  • 3Describe the physiology of late preterm infants and maternal and neonatal risk factors that may impact the late preterm infant's health.
  • 4Identify the clinical complications associated with increased morbidity and mortality in the late preterm infant population.
  • 5Integrate knowledge of late preterm infants into nursing assessment and care.

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Credit

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