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Doctor's research could save premature babies

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
By Kevin Sowers, MSN, RN, FAAN
Margarita Bidegain

A congratulations is in order for one of our doctors, Margarita Bidegain, who gave a featured presentation this fall to other healthcare providers as part of a Vermont Oxford Network conference. Margarita, who works as a neonatologist and palliative medicine specialist, was selected from over 1,000 participating neonatal intensive care units.

Her research could prove to be important for patient care at Duke and other hospitals around the state. Margarita's project started when she noticed North Carolina mothers of premature infants born in community hospitals had a lower rate of receiving antenatal steroids when they were transferred to larger hospitals. The drug can significantly improve chances of survival after a preterm birth.

Margarita shared her findings with the State Perinatal Quality Collaborative and now Duke is working with others to improve use of the drug in community hospitals.

This is a great example of how our work starts local and can extend far beyond Duke and Durham. Thank you, Margarita, for your great work!

This post originally appeared on "Teach Me. . ."--the President's Blog.