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Daniele Ottinger, Jamie Hicks, Sarah Wilson, Kim Sperber, Keely Power
BACKGROUND: Premature infants have an increased risk for developing skin breakdown. Perceivably noninvasive interventions may have detrimental effects on the infant's skin. PURPOSE: This case presentation describes an extreme case of nasal breakdown associated with nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP). METHODS: Highlighted is the vital importance of proper placement, along with appropriate apparatus size, in the efforts to prevent skin breakdown...
October 7, 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Evelien Kuiper-Prins, Gerthe Femke Kerkhof, Catharina Gertrudis Maria Reijnen, Pieter Jan van Dijken
A 12-day-old boy presented with duskiness 4 h after circumcision with local anesthesia: infiltration with lidocaine (6 mL 1 %) and topical EMLA cream (2.5 % lidocaine/2.5 % prilocaine). He had no respiratory distress, but a strikingly dark skin. A blood sample showed dark, chocolate brown blood with a raised methemoglobin of 49.8 % (normal <1.5 %) and a lactate of 10 mmol/L. A diagnosis of methemoglobinemia was made. The patient was treated with oxygen administration, but methemoglobin concentration was still 45 % 1 h later...
December 2016: Drug Saf Case Rep
K Masmoudi, M Mtaoumi, K Bouattour, M L Ben Ayeche
Congenital constriction of the limbs is usually due to amniotic band syndrome, which often causes damage to the skin and soft tissues. We report an unusual case in which a neonate had recent fractures of both leg bones with an amniotic band encircling the limb. Non-operative treatment was successful. Challenges to the management of neonatal limb constriction include the absence of a consensus about the best treatment and the high frequency of damage to vessels and nerves.
October 10, 2016: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
Nikolai Blanik, Konrad Heimann, Carina Pereira, Michael Paul, Vladimir Blazek, Boudewijn Venema, Thorsten Orlikowsky, Steffen Leonhardt
Vital parameter monitoring of term and preterm infants during incubator care with self-adhesive electrodes or sensors directly positioned on the skin [e.g. photoplethysmography (PPG) for oxygen saturation or electrocardiography (ECG)] is an essential part of daily routine care in neonatal intensive care units. For various reasons, this kind of monitoring contains a lot of stress for the infants. Therefore, there is a need to measure vital parameters (for instance respiration, temperature, pulse, oxygen saturation) without mechanical or conductive contact...
October 15, 2016: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
Anna-Barbara Schlüer
While the problem of Pressure Ulcers (PU) in adults has received a great deal of attention, far less is known about PUs in neonates and children. The overall health status of children is generally better and multi-morbidity is limited to a small percentage of patients, like very low term neonates (born before 32 weeks of gestation age), newborns with congenital abnormalities, genetic disorders, perinatal distress syndrome or children with a limited immunity. Survival rates of both critically and chronically ill neonates, infants and children have improved dramatically in recent years, introducing new challenges for medical and nursing care...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Tissue Viability
Namita Chandra, Sanjay Kumar, Vaibhav Raj, Pawan Kumar Vishwakarma, Sheela Sinha, Ram Prakash Saha
BACKGROUND Jarcho-Levin syndrome, also known as spondylothoracic dysplasia and spondylocostal dysplasia, is characterized by varieties of vertebrae and rib anomalies. Jarcho-Levin syndrome is a clinical-radiological diagnosis with clinical evidence of short neck, short trunk, normal-sized limbs, or increased arm span, and vertebral and rib defects on the skeletal survey. CASE REPORT About 400 cases have been reported in world literature and 18 in our Indian literature. We report the case of a one-day-old female baby with a short trunk, short neck, low hairline, apparently long limbs, protuberant abdomen, mild midfacial dysmorphism, low-set ears, and a high-arched palate...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Case Reports
Hasret Ayyildiz Civan, Didem Gulcu, Tulay Erkan
Benzalkonium chloride (BAC) is a caustic agent which is used in farms, homes and hospitals for cleaning skin and wounds as an antiseptic solution. It may lead to digestive system injuries in case of ingestion. We present a two-days-old newborn case which was carried to the emergency unit with complaints of poor breastfeeding, uneasiness and crying for 4-6 hours. Her mom confessed that she had given a spoon of 10% BAC solution for her cough. Initial laboratory tests were in normal ranges. A gastroscopy performed in the second hour of her admission revealed an hyperemic and edematous mucosa in the middle third of esophagus and a circumferential ulceration followed in the distal portion...
September 2016: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
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BACKGROUND: Healthy life expectancy (HALE) and disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) provide summary measures of health across geographies and time that can inform assessments of epidemiological patterns and health system performance, help to prioritise investments in research and development, and monitor progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We aimed to provide updated HALE and DALYs for geographies worldwide and evaluate how disease burden changes with development...
October 8, 2016: Lancet
Timothy Disher, Britney Benoit, Celeste Johnston, Marsha Campbell-Yeo
AIMS: To assess the acceptability of methods that increase trial inclusion in meta-analyses, and the level of evidence for skin-to-skin contact for procedural pain in infants. BACKGROUND: The current Cochrane review of skin-to-skin contact for pain in newborns found it to be an effective intervention, but identified several methodological limitations. DESIGN: Meta-re-analysis. METHODS: Trial designs included randomized trials reporting a validated pain assessment tool as a primary outcome including term and preterm infants undergoing a tissue-breaking painful procedure...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Advanced Nursing
Wilson Kwong, Thomas Krahn, Ann Cleland, Janet Gordon, Wendy Wobeser
BACKGROUND: Current Canadian guidelines suggest that neonatal Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination does not result in false-positive tuberculosis (TB) skin tests, despite a growing body of evidence that interferon-γ release assays may be a more specific alternative in identifying latent tuberculosis infections in vaccinated populations. We set out to evaluate the relationship between TB skin tests and interferon-γ release assays in patients who previously received neonatal BCG vaccine...
July 2016: CMAJ Open
Neslihan Edeer Karaca, Guzide Aksu, Ezgi Ulusoy, Serap Aksoylar, Salih Gozmen, Ferah Genel, Sanem Akarcan, Nesrin Gulez, Tatjana Hirschmugl, Savas Kansoy, Kaan Boztug, Necil Kutukculer
Alterations of immune homeostasis in the gut may result in development of inflammatory bowel disease. A five-month-old girl was referred for recurrent respiratory and genitourinary tract infections, sepsis in neonatal period, chronic diarrhea, perianal abscess, rectovaginal fistula, and hyperemic skin lesions. She was born to second-degree consanguineous, healthy parents. Her elder siblings were lost at 4 months of age due to sepsis and 1 year of age due to inflammatory bowel disease, respectively. Absolute neutrophil and lymphocyte counts, immunoglobulin levels, and lymphocyte subsets were normal ruling out severe congenital neutropenia and classic severe combined immunodeficiencies...
2016: Case Reports in Immunology
Ian M R Wright, Joanna L Latter, Rebecca M Dyson, Chris R Levi, Vicki L Clifton
The perinatal period remains a time of significant risk of death or disability. Increasing evidence suggests that this depends on microcirculatory behavior. Sidestream dark-field orthogonal polarized light videomicroscopy (OPS) has emerged as a useful assessment of adult microcirculation but the values derived are not delineated for the newborn. We aimed to define these parameters in well term newborn infants. Demographic details were collected prospectively on 42 healthy term neonates (n = 20 females, n = 22 males)...
October 2016: Physiological Reports
Andrea Melberg, Abdoulaye Hama Diallo, Thorkild Tylleskär, Karen Marie Moland
BACKGROUND: Facility-based births have been promoted as the main strategy to reduce maternal and neonatal death risks at global scale. To improve birth outcomes, it is critical that health facilities provide quality care. Using a framework to assess quality of care, this paper examines health workers' perceptions about access to facility birth; the effectiveness of the care provided and obstacles to quality birth care in a rural area of Burkina Faso. METHODS: A qualitative study was conducted in 2011 in the Banfora Region, Burkina Faso...
September 29, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Marliese Dion Nist, Elizabeth A Rodgers, Brenda M Ruth, C Briana Bertoni, Thomas Bartman, Leah A Keller, James W Dail, Renee Gardikes-Gingery, Edward G Shepherd
BACKGROUND: Skin injuries are common among neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patients and may lead to significant complications. Standardized methods of preventing, detecting, and treating skin injuries are needed. PURPOSE: The aim of this project was to standardize the assessment, documentation, and tracking of skin injuries among hospitalized neonatal patients and to determine the incidence of pressure ulcers in this patient population. METHODS: (1) Creation of an interdisciplinary skin team to identify skin injuries through weekly skin rounds...
October 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Deanna E Johnson
BACKGROUND: The skin of extremely preterm infants is underdeveloped and has poor barrier function. Skin maintenance interventions initiated in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) have immediate and lifelong implications when the potential for infection, allergen sensitization, and altered aesthetic outcomes are considered. In addition, the high-level medical needs of extremely preterm infants demand skin-level medical interventions that too often result in unintended skin harm. PURPOSE: We describe the use of a harm prevention, or consequence-centered, approach to skin care, which facilitates safer practice for extremely premature infants...
October 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Media Esser
Diaper dermatitis is a major issue among hospitalized infants, leading to increased medical costs, pain, risk for infection, and distress among patients and caregivers. An evidence-based algorithm for prevention and treatment of diaper dermatitis was developed and introduced in a level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Two cases are discussed as examples of severe diaper dermatitis. The first case demonstrates the final case of severe diaper dermatitis since the introduction of the algorithm. The second case demonstrates a less severe, but equally frustrating, case of diaper dermatitis that occurred after the practice of using the algorithm was established...
October 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Carolyn Lund
BACKGROUND: Bathing the newborn infant is controversial, ranging from how and when to give the newborn their first bath, whether to bathe newborns at all in the initial days of life, and how to approach bathing the hospitalized premature and full-term infant in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). PURPOSE: To review relevant literature about bathing newborn infants, as well as examine the controversies about bathing NICU patients including the use of daily chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) baths...
October 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Chien-Yi Chen, An-Kuo Chou, Yu-Lien Chen, Hung-Chieh Chou, Po-Nien Tsao, Wu-Shiun Hsieh
BACKGROUND: Nasal continuous positive airway pressure (NCPAP) therapy is widely used in neonates, but the clinical practice varies. However, nursing practice differs among individuals, and an inappropriate application method may delay the respiratory therapy, influence the beneficial effect of NCPAP, and increase complications. We introduced a quality improvement project to expedite the application of NCPAP therapy and decrease the incidence of nasal trauma. METHODS: A new strategy of mobile NCPAP cart with prepacked fixation kits and a written protocol was implemented from April 2006...
July 26, 2016: Pediatrics and Neonatology
Erika Simmerman, Xu Qin, Brendan Marshall, Libby Perry, Lei Cai, Tailing Wang, Jack Yu, Omid Akbari, Babak Baban
BACKGROUND: Cleft lip and palate reconstructions demonstrate significantly lower surgical site infection rates compared with clean-contaminated cases, prompting investigation into the pathophysiology causing this discrepancy. Recent studies have identified a new group of innate lymphocytes called innate lymphoid cells (ILCs), located in barrier surfaces of the skin, airways, and intestine. Our objectives were to explore for the first time the presence of ILCs in the vermillion of neonates and young children undergoing cleft lip reconstruction and characterize their composition by measuring the three classes of ILCs...
October 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
S K Kim, H R You, S H Kim, S J Yun, S C Lee, J B Lee
BACKGROUND: Red-coloured light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can improve skin photorejuvenation and regeneration by increasing cellular metabolic activity. AIM: To evaluate the effectiveness of visible LEDs with specific wavelengths for skin photorejuvenation in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: Normal human dermal fibroblasts (HDFs) from neonatal foreskin were cultured and irradiated in vitro by LEDs at different wavelengths (410-850 nm) and doses (0-10 J/cm(2) )...
October 2016: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
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