Delayed cord clamping ‘best treatment’ for cutting preterm infant mortality

Australian-led researchers say their results will likely change clinical practice.
Rachel Fieldhouse

Preterm infants are 32% less likely to die with delayed versus immediate umbilical cord clamping, according to Australian researchers who say their findings will inform clinical practice guidelines.

They also found that waiting at least two minutes before cord clamping — rather than at least 60 seconds or until pulsation stops, as per current RANZCOG guidance — led to the largest mortality reduction.