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Original Contributions
December 14, 1964

Comments on Standards and Recommendations for Hospital Care of Newborn InfantsChanges During the Past Ten Years

JAMA. 1964;190(11):973-976. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070240019005

The American Academy of Pediatrics first published "Standards and Recommendations for Hospital Care of Newborn Infants" ten years ago. The most important improvements in succeeding revisions have been in definition of terms, creation of the concept of a newborn recovery area, and the daily nursery log. There have also been new recommendations pertaining to such items as linens, lighting, and air conditioning; formula preparation; recording of physical findings; and in identification of infants. In addition, special sections have been included on the handling of erythroblastosis and respiratory distress. Ratios of nursery personnel to infants have been specified. Revisions will be found in the sections dealing with laboratory service, breast feeding, the use of Vitamin K, skin and cord care, and temperature taking.