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Neonatal critical care

Justine Dol, Marsha Campbell-Yeo, Gail Tomblin Murphy, Megan Aston, Douglas McMillan, Brianna Richardson
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this review was to evaluate the impact of the Helping Babies Survive program on neonatal outcomes and healthcare provider knowledge and skills. INTRODUCTION: The Helping Babies Survive program consists of three modules: Helping Babies Breathe, Essential Care for Every Baby, and Essential Care for Small Babies. It was developed to reduce preventable newborn deaths through skill-based learning using simulation, learning exercises, and peer-to-peer training of healthcare providers in low-resource areas...
March 2018: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
Julia E Napier, Michael S Lund, Douglas L Armstrong, Denise McAloose
The Amur leopard ( Panthera pardus orientalis) is one of the most critically endangered leopards on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature red list. The primary objective of this retrospective study was to identify common and significant causes of morbidity and mortality in the North American Amur leopard zoo population. This information provides insights that contribute to their improved care, health, and medical management and, ultimately, affects the sustainability of this leopard subspecies in the wild...
March 2018: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Brigitte Lemyre, Linh Ly, Vann Chau, Anil Chacko, Nicholas Barrowman, Hilary Whyte, Steven P Miller
Objective: To identify factors associated with early initiation and achievement of therapeutic hypothermia (TH) in newborns with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). Methods: Retrospective cohort study of newborns who received TH according to National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) criteria in two academic level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) between 2009 and 2013. All infants were transported by a neonatal transport team (NNTT)...
August 2017: Paediatrics & Child Health
Jeanine J Sol, Moniek van de Loo, Marit Boerma, Klasien A Bergman, Albertine E Donker, Mark A H B M van der Hoeven, Christiaan V Hulzebos, Ronny Knol, K Djien Liem, Richard A van Lingen, Enrico Lopriore, Monique H Suijker, Daniel C Vijlbrief, Remco Visser, Margreet A Veening, Mirjam M van Weissenbruch, C Heleen van Ommen
BACKGROUND: In critically ill (preterm) neonates, central venous catheters (CVCs) are increasingly used for administration of medication or parenteral nutrition. A serious complication, however, is the development of catheter-related thrombosis (CVC-thrombosis), which may resolve by itself or cause severe complications. Due to lack of evidence, management of neonatal CVC-thrombosis varies among neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). In the Netherlands an expert-based national management guideline has been developed which is implemented in all 10 NICUs in 2014...
February 23, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
Sarah J Pugh, Ana M Ortega-Villa, William Grobman, Roger B Newman, John Owen, Deborah A Wing, Paul S Albert, Katherine L Grantz
OBJECTIVE: Accurate assessment of gestational age is critical to pediatric care, yet is limited in developing countries without access to ultrasound. Our objectives were to assess the accuracy of gestational age at birth (GA) prediction and preterm birth (PTB) classification using routinely collected anthropometry measures. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: United States. POPULATION OR SAMPLE: 2334 non-obese and 468 obese pregnant women...
February 23, 2018: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Monica E Lemmon, Pamela K Donohue, Erin P Williams, Debra Brandon, Peter A Ubel, Renee D Boss
OBJECTIVE: To develop a question prompt list tailored to the needs of parents of critically ill infants at risk of neurodevelopmental impairment. STUDY DESIGN: Question content was derived from audio-recorded neonatal intensive care unit family meetings and interviews with parents of infants treated with therapeutic hypothermia. Question content was refined using clinician focus groups. Acceptability testing was performed with parents and clinicians caring for infants in the neonatal intensive care unit...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
Aaron R J Hutton, Helen L Quinn, Paul J McCague, Courtney Jarrahian, Annie Rein-Weston, Patricia S Coffey, Emily Gerth-Guyette, Darin Zehrung, Eneko Larrañeta, Ryan F Donnelly
Vitamin K deficiency within neonates can result in vitamin K deficiency bleeding. Ensuring that newborns receive vitamin K is particularly critical in places where access to health care and blood products and transfusions is limited. The World Health Organization recommends that newborns receive a 1 mg intramuscular injection of vitamin K at birth. Evidence from multiple surveillance studies shows that the introduction of vitamin K prophylaxis reduces the incidence of vitamin K deficiency bleeding. Despite these recommendations, coverage of vitamin K prophylactic treatment in low-resource settings is limited...
February 19, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Anagha Anand Mahajani, Abhijit Shrinivas Prabhughate, Pearl Tiwari, Shubhangi Sohoni, Ajay Gajanan Phatak, Vallaree Anant Morgaonkar, Somashekhar Marutirao Nimbalkar
BACKGROUND: Community Health Workers (CHWs) play an instrumental role in promoting socio-behavioural change at the community level, which results in changed indicators of community health. While outcomes are mostly reviewed for achieving program objectives, it is pertinent to understand the process of program implementation mainly from the perception of participating CHWs. METHODS: A qualitative study to understand the perception of Sakhi's (CHWs) regarding the outcomes of their participation in Home-Based Neonatal Care (HBNC) Program implemented by a non-governmental organization (NGO)...
February 21, 2018: BMC Women's Health
Ryan J Reichert, Megan Gothard, M David Gothard, Hamilton P Schwartz, Michael T Bigham
INTRODUCTION: Tracheal intubation (TI) is a lifesaving critical care skill. Failed TI attempts, however, can harm patients. Critical care transport (CCT) teams function as the first point of critical care contact for patients being transported to tertiary medical centers for specialized surgical, medical, and trauma care. The Ground and Air Medical qUality in Transport (GAMUT) Quality Improvement Collaborative uses a quality metric database to track CCT quality metric performance, including TI...
February 21, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
Josh E Petrikin, Julie A Cakici, Michelle M Clark, Laurel K Willig, Nathaly M Sweeney, Emily G Farrow, Carol J Saunders, Isabelle Thiffault, Neil A Miller, Lee Zellmer, Suzanne M Herd, Anne M Holmes, Serge Batalov, Narayanan Veeraraghavan, Laurie D Smith, David P Dimmock, J Steven Leeder, Stephen F Kingsmore
Genetic disorders are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in infants in neonatal and pediatric intensive care units (NICU/PICU). While genomic sequencing is useful for genetic disease diagnosis, results are usually reported too late to guide inpatient management. We performed an investigator-initiated, partially blinded, pragmatic, randomized, controlled trial to test the hypothesis that rapid whole-genome sequencing (rWGS) increased the proportion of NICU/PICU infants receiving a genetic diagnosis within 28 days...
2018: NPJ Genomic Medicine
Hanne Aagaard, Elisabeth O C Hall, Mette S Ludvigsen, Lisbeth Uhrenfeldt, Liv Fegran
Transfers of critically ill neonates are frequent phenomena. Even though parents' participation is regarded as crucial in neonatal care, a transfer often means that parents and neonates are separated. A systematic review of the parents' experiences of neonatal transfer is lacking. This paper describes a meta-study addressing qualitative research about parents' experiences of neonatal transfer. Through deconstruction and reflections of theories, methods, and empirical data, the aim was to achieve a deeper understanding of theoretical, empirical, contextual, historical, and methodological issues of qualitative studies concerning parents' experiences of neonatal transfer over the course of this meta-study (2000-2017)...
February 15, 2018: Nursing Inquiry
Juliane Schneider, Céline J Fischer Fumeaux, Emma G Duerden, Ting Guo, Justin Foong, Myriam Bickle Graz, Patric Hagmann, M Mallar Chakravarty, Petra S Hüppi, Lydie Beauport, Anita C Truttmann, Steven P Miller
BACKGROUND: Optimizing early nutritional intake in preterm neonates may promote brain health and neurodevelopment through enhanced brain maturation. Our objectives were (1) to determine the association of energy and macronutrient intake in the first 2 weeks of life with regional and total brain growth and white matter (WM) maturation, assessed by 3 serial MRI scans in preterm neonates; (2) to examine how critical illness modifies this association; and (3) to investigate the relationship with neurodevelopmental outcomes...
February 13, 2018: Pediatrics
Vivek V Shukla, Satvik Bansal, Archana Nimbalkar, Apurva Chapla, Ajay Phatak, Dipen Patel, Somashekhar Nimbalkar
OBJECTIVE: To compare individual efficacy and additive effects of pain control interventions in preterm neonates. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. SETTING: Level-3 University affiliated neonatal intensive care unit. PARTICIPANTS: 200 neonates (26-36 weeks gestational age) requiring heel-stick for bedside glucose assessment. Exclusion criteria were neurologic impairment and critical illness precluding study interventions...
February 9, 2018: Indian Pediatrics
Simge Zeyneloğlu, Sezer Kısa
AIM: Researchers used descriptive study design to examine the traditional practices of women in relation to maternal and newborn care in the postpartum period. METHODS: 523 postpartum women included who were between 15 and 49years of age, had at least one child, and had no medical complications that affect the mother-infant health. A questionnaire was used to collect data. Comparisons were made between the responses about the women's knowledge of traditional practices and other variables...
February 2018: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
Emily M Bucholz, Lynn A Sleeper, Jane W Newburger
BACKGROUND: Children with single ventricle heart disease require frequent interventions and follow-up. Low socioeconomic status (SES) may limit access to high-quality care and place these children at risk for poor long-term outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: Data from the SVR (Pediatric Heart Network Single Ventricle Reconstruction Trial Public Use) data set were used to examine the relationship of US neighborhood SES with 30-day and 1-year mortality or cardiac transplantation and length of stay among neonates undergoing the Norwood procedure (n=525)...
February 2, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Varsha Thakur, Nathalie Dutil, Steven M Schwartz, Edgar Jaeggi
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to compare the preoperative management and outcome of neonates with duct-dependent critical CHD with fetal versus postnatal diagnosis. METHODS: Patients referred with CHD to our centre from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2010 were enrolled prospectively. Live births with a critical form of CHD, a gestational age ⩾36 weeks and a weight ⩾2 kg at birth, and the intention-to-treat were included in this sub-study. Excluded were neonates with lethal non-cardiac and/or genetic anomalies...
February 7, 2018: Cardiology in the Young
Wen Sun, Lin Yu, Shiliang Liu, Yanhong Chen, Juanjuan Chen, Shi Wu Wen, Dunjin Chen
OBJECTIVE: Online-to-offline is a new model for emergent medical service with the ability to connect care providers with patients on instant basis. This study aims to evaluate maternal and neonatal outcomes in patients with placenta accreta spectrum managed by an online-to-offline care model. METHODS: Starting from January 1, 2015, management of patients with placenta accreta spectrum was changed from standard care model into an online-to-offline care model through "Wechat" in Guangzhou Medical Centre for Critical Obstetrical Care...
March 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Felix Neunhoeffer, Michael Hofbeck, Martin Ulrich Schuhmann, Jörg Fuchs, Christian Schlensak, Martin Esslinger, Ines Gerbig, Vanya Icheva, Ellen Heimberg, Matthias Kumpf, Jörg Michel
OBJECTIVE: Although infants following major surgery frequently require RBC transfusions, there is still controversy concerning the best definition for requirement of transfusion in the individual patient. The aim of this study was to determine the impact of RBC transfusion on cerebral oxygen metabolism in noncardiac and cardiac postsurgical infants. DESIGN: Prospective observational cohort study. SETTING: Pediatric critical care unit of a tertiary referral center...
February 5, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Tze Yee Diane Mok, Min-Hua Tseng, Ming-Chou Chiang, Ju-Li Lin, Shih Ming Chu, Jen-Fu Hsu, Reyin Lien
BACKGROUND: Renal replacement therapy (RRT) is becoming increasingly necessary for supporting critically ill neonates. Few studies have reported the use of RRT in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Therefore, we performed a retrospective study to describe the use of RRT in our NICU and its associated efficacy, complications, and outcomes. METHODS: We identified patients requiring RRT between January 2009 and January 2017. Demographic data, mode of RRT, and associated factors were recorded...
December 21, 2017: Pediatrics and Neonatology
Karen Choong, Douglas Fraser, Samah Al-Harbi, Asm Borham, Jill Cameron, Saoirse Cameron, Ji Cheng, Heather Clark, Tim Doherty, Nora Fayed, Jan-Willem Gorter, Margaret Herridge, Mary Khetani, Kusum Menon, Jamie Seabrook, Racquel Simpson, Lehana Thabane
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate functional outcomes and evaluate predictors of an unfavorable functional outcome in children following a critical illness. DESIGN: Prospective observational longitudinal cohort study. SETTING: Two tertiary care, Canadian PICUs: McMaster Children's Hospital and London Health Sciences. PATIENTS: Children 12 months to 17 years old, admitted to PICU for at least 48 hours with one or more organ dysfunction, were eligible...
February 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
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