There is much emotional discussion around the frequency of sudden unexpected postnatal collapse (SUPC) in hospitals. SUPC diagnostic criteria include (1) >37 weeks of gestation at birth, (2) APGAR score >8 at 5 minutes of postnatal age, (3) collapse within 12 hours of birth in hospital, (4) required resuscitation with positive pressure ventilation, and (5) the patient died or received ongoing intensive care.1
SUPC in the newborn nursery is likely underreported by hospitals in the United States. SUPC has been characterized and reported in international studies (with varying terminology)

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