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February 18, 1928


JAMA. 1928;90(7):541. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.92690340002017b

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A most important epoch in the life of the premature infant is that period between birth and the institution of some proper method for the prevention of thermal shock. It is the experience of all institutions receiving such infants that many of them are lost through carelessness in protecting them during the first hours after birth.

The electrically heated bag here illustrated is constructed to meet conditions encountered in the home and during transportation of infants from distant points by train or automobile. It is designed as a part of the obstetric department equipment for general and special hospitals or other institutions likely to be called on for the temporary care of premature infants. The hand bag is of leather and steel construction, 24 inches long, 14 inches wide and 17 inches deep.

An even temperature is maintained by electric heat with thermostatic control. A composite

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