Ref. # 21658
In 1992 a Florida infant was born at 26 weeks. Subsequently the infant developed apneic/bradycardic episodes requiring re-admission to the hospital and intubation. The infant was discharged on a home monitor. The infant experienced no further episodes during 12 days and the treating physician elected to remove the monitor. One month later the infant died at the age of 38 1/2 weeks; the cause of death was given as SIDS. A medQuest pediatric pulmonologist reported that most infants do not resolve these episodes until they reach 42 weeks and that, according to existing literature, these infants should be kept on a monitor for up to six months. With appropriate monitoring the episode would have been recognized and the infant would not have expired.