About 10% of all newborns in Sweden are treated in a neonatal unit. Thanks to modern neonatal intensive care, many severe conditions in newborns can be successfully treated and Sweden has an infant mortality rate which is among the lowest in the world. Many infants treated in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are at high risk of malnutrition – this includes preterm infants, infants undergoing surgery, infants with cardiac malformations or neuromuscular disorders.
We are focusing on research related to nutrition in preterm infants, aiming to find interventions to improve the long term health of this high-risk group of patients. Furthermore, we have developed an advanced software tool, Nutrium, which has been shown to improve nutrition and growth of preterms in the NICU.