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Neonatal quality improvement

Ronald L Ariagno, Henry C Lee, David K Stevenson, Daniel K Benjamin, P Brian Smith, Marilyn B Escobedo, Dilip R Bhatt
Directories of contact information have evolved over time from thick paperback times such as the "Yellow Pages" to electronic forms that are searchable and have other functionalities. In our clinical specialty, the development of a professional directory helped to promote collaboration in clinical care, education, and quality improvement. However, there are opportunities for increasing the utility of the directory by taking advantage of modern web-based tools, and expanding the use of the directory to fill a gap in the area of collaborative research...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
Jamal Abdul Nasir, Muhammad Imran, Syed Arif Ahmed Zaidi
Vitamin D deficiency is an emerging health concern around the world, highly prevalent in south Asian population, despite abundant sunlight. In Pakistan, all age groups are vulnerable to Vitamin D deficiency including pregnant women. This systematic review aimed to determine the pattern of Vitamin D deficiency among Pakistani pregnant women as well as exploring the causes and possible interventions that have had a substantial effect on improving the vitamin D level. Three databases (PubMed, Pub Get and Google Scholar), for the present review up to 2016, were used for the identification of published peer reviewed original relevant studies regarding Vitamin D deficiency among Pakistani pregnant women with the keywords Vitamin D or 25-hydroxyvitamin D or 25(OH)D in combination with pregnant women...
March 2018: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
Jane Barlow, Nadeeja Ins Herath, Christine Bartram Torrance, Cathy Bennett, Yinghui Wei
BACKGROUND: The first three years of a child's life are a key period of physical, physiological, cognitive and social development, and the caregiver-infant relationship in early infancy plays an important role in influencing these aspects of development. Specifically, caregiver attunement facilitates the move from coregulation to self-regulation; a parent's ability to understand their infant's behaviour as communication is a key part of this process. Early, brief interventions such as the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) or Neonatal Behavioral Observation (NBO) system are potential methods of improving outcomes for both infant and caregiver...
March 14, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Harsh Dilipkumar Shah, Bonny Shah, Paresh V Dave, Janak B Katariya, Khyati P Vats
Context: Facility Based Newborn Care (FBNC) is a key strategy to improve child survival, especially in newborn care where neonatal mortality rate (NMR) is stagnant in declining. Gujarat has achieved considerable amount of reduction in child deaths, but neonatal health requires attention. The study was aimed to assess the admission pattern of Special Newborn Care Units (SNCUs) which supports decision-making. Settings and Design: A cross-sectional descriptive analysis was done from secondary data of the SNCU reports on the aspects of admission patterns, morbidity, and mortality pattern...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Community Medicine
Kathy Burgoine, Juliet Ikiror, Sylivia Akol, Margaret Kakai, Sara Talyewoya, Alex Sande, Tom Otim, Francis Okello, Adam Hewitt-Smith, Peter Olupot-Olupot
Neonatal mortality remains a major global challenge. Most neonatal deaths occur in low-income countries, but it is estimated that over two-thirds of these deaths could be prevented if achievable interventions are scaled up. To date, initiatives have focused on community and obstetric interventions, and there has been limited simultaneous drive to improve neonatal care in the health facilities where the sick neonates are being referred. Few data exist on the process of implementing of neonatal care packages and their impact...
2018: BMJ Global Health
Ahmet Yagmur Bas, Nihal Demirel, Esin Koc, Dilek Ulubas Isik, İbrahim Murat Hirfanoglu, Turan Tunc
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the prevalence, risk factors and treatment of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in Turkey and to establish screening criteria for this condition. METHODS: A prospective cohort study (TR-ROP) was performed between 1 April 2016 and 30 April 2017 in 69 neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). Infants with a birth weight (BW)≤1500 g or gestational age (GA)≤32 weeks and those with a BW>1500 g or GA>32 weeks with an unstable clinical course were included in the study...
March 8, 2018: British Journal of Ophthalmology
Michael P Meyer, Elizabeth Nevill, Maisie M Wong
BACKGROUND: Placental transfusion (by means of delayed cord clamping (DCC), cord milking, or cord stripping) confers benefits for preterm infants. It is not known if providing respiratory support to preterm infants before cord clamping improves outcomes. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy and safety of respiratory support provided during DCC compared with no respiratory support during placental transfusion (in the form of DCC, milking, or stripping) in preterm infants immediately after delivery...
March 8, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Michele C Walsh, Moira Crowley, Scott Wexelblatt, Susan Ford, Pierce Kuhnell, Heather C Kaplan, Richard McClead, Maurizio Macaluso, Carole Lannon
OBJECTIVES: Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) after an infant's in-utero exposure to opioids has increased dramatically in incidence. No treatment standards exist, leading to substantial variations in practice, degree of opioid exposure, and hospital length of stay. METHODS: The Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative conducted an extensive multi-modal quality improvement initiative with the goal to (1) standardize identification, nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic treatment in level-2 and 3 NICUs in Ohio, (2) reduce the use of and length of treatment with opioids, and (3) reduce hospital length of stay in pharmacologically treated newborns with NAS...
March 7, 2018: Pediatrics
Rowena L McMullan, Adrienne Gordon
BACKGROUND: Late-onset sepsis is associated with increased rates of mortality and morbidity in newborn infants, in addition to poorer long-term developmental outcomes and increased length of stay and hospital costs. Central line-associated blood stream infection (CLABSI) is the most common cause of late-onset sepsis in hospitalised infants, and prevention of CLABSI is a key objective in neonatal care. Increased frequency of CLABSI around the time of removal of central venous catheters (CVCs) has been reported, and use of antibiotics at the time of removal may reduce the incidence and impact of late-onset sepsis in vulnerable newborn infants...
March 7, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Caitlyn M Costanzo, Charles Vinocur, Loren Berman
BACKGROUND: Hypertrophic pyloric stenosis (HPS) is one of the most common indications for non-elective surgery in the neonatal population. Multiple small prospective trials have shown that postoperative outcomes for laparoscopic versus open pyloromyotomy are equivalent or slightly better with the minimally invasive approach. This study uses a prospective national database to compare postoperative complications and length of stay for infants undergoing laparoscopic versus open pyloromyotomy...
April 2018: Journal of Surgical Research
David A Osborn, Tim Schindler, Lisa J Jones, John Kh Sinn, Srinivas Bolisetty
BACKGROUND: Sick newborn and preterm infants frequently are not able to be fed enterally, necessitating parenteral fluid and nutrition. Potential benefits of higher parenteral amino acid (AA) intake for improved nitrogen balance, growth, and infant health may be outweighed by the infant's ability to utilise high intake of parenteral AA, especially in the days after birth. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective is to determine whether higher versus lower intake of parenteral AA is associated with improved growth and disability-free survival in newborn infants receiving parenteral nutrition...
March 5, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
P E Gallenga, M Del Boccio, C E Gallenga, G Neri, A Pennelli, E Toniato, L Lobefalo, M Maritati, P Perri, C Contini, G Del Boccio
An early double case of acute Ophthalmia neonatorum in 3-day-old twins is reported. Culture of eye swabs showed a wide bacterial polymorphism, in which common bacteria, such as Klebsiella pneumoniae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Corynebacterium ulcerans and other Enterobacteriaceae, coexisted with atypical Mycoplasmataceae and Chlamydiaceae from resident cervical-vaginal maternal microbiota. The neonates were in an apparently healthy state, but showed red eyes with abundant greenish-yellow secretion, mild chemosis and lid edema...
January 2018: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Laure Garcin, Dulanjalee Kariyawasam, Kanetee Busiah, Anne-Laure Fauret-Amsellem, Fleur Le Bourgeois, Laurence Vaivre-Douret, Hélène Cavé, Michel Polak, Jacques Beltrand
Chromosome 6 abnormalities such as paternal uniparental isodisomy, paternal 6q24 duplication, and maternal DMR (differentially methylated region) hypomethylation are a common cause of transient neonatal diabetes mellitus (TNDM). Oral sulfonylurea (SU) is used off-label to treat permanent neonatal diabetes mellitus owing to potassium channel mutation but has not been evaluated in TNDM. Our objective was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of SU therapy in chromosome 6-related TNDM. Description of 3 case reports and literature review was the subject of the study...
March 4, 2018: Pediatric Diabetes
Parika Pahwa, Sarah Lunsford, Nigel Livesley
BACKGROUND: Quality improvement (QI) involves the following 4 steps: (1) forming a team to work on a specific aim, (2) analyzing the reasons for current underperformance, (3) developing changes that could improve care and testing these changes using plan-do-study-act cycles (PDSA), and (4) implementing successful interventions to sustain improvements. Teamwork and group discussion are key for effective QI, but convening in-person meetings with all staff can be challenging due to workload and shift changes...
March 1, 2018: JMIR Medical Informatics
Jacqueline K Kung'u, Banda Ndiaye, Crispin Ndedda, Girma Mamo, Mame Bineta Ndiaye, Richard Pendame, Lynnette Neufeld, James Mwitari, Hentsa Haddush Desta, Marietou Diop, Maimouna Doudou, Luz Maria De-Regil
Maternal and neonatal mortality are unacceptably high in developing countries. Essential nutrition interventions contribute to reducing this mortality burden, although nutrition is poorly integrated into health systems. Universal health coverage is an essential prerequisite to decreasing mortality indices. However, provision and utilization of nutrition and health services for pregnant women and their newborns are poor and the potential for improvement is limited where health systems are weak. The Community-Based Maternal and Neonatal Health and Nutrition project was established as a set of demonstration projects in 4 countries in Africa with varied health system contexts where there were barriers to safe maternal health care at individual, community and facility levels...
February 2018: Maternal & Child Nutrition
Julia C Dettinger, Stephen Kamau, Kimberly Calkins, Susanna R Cohen, John Cranmer, Minnie Kibore, Onesmus Gachuno, Dilys Walker
As the proportion of facility-based births increases, so does the need to ensure that mothers and their newborns receive quality care. Developing facility-oriented obstetric and neonatal training programs grounded in principles of teamwork utilizing simulation-based training for emergency response is an important strategy for improving the quality care. This study uses 3 dimensions of the Kirkpatrick Model to measure the impact of PRONTO International (PRONTO) simulation-based training as part of the Linda Afya ya Mama na Mtoto (LAMMP, Protect the Health of mother and child) in Kenya...
February 2018: Maternal & Child Nutrition
Sonia Silvestrin, Viviane Costa de Souza Buriol, Clécio Homrich da Silva, Marcelo Zubaran Goldani
The article assessed the quality of completion of the maternal school variable in Brazilian state capitals and its regional distribution, based on the Brazilian Information System on Live Births (SINASC) with processed data from live birth certificates. A descriptive study was conducted in the time series from 1996 to 2013, with a total de 12,062,064 births, of which 11,442,494 (94.86%) had valid information on the maternal schooling variable. The results were calculated as the number of incomplete results in the variable per 1,000 live births, and the trend was assessed with the Joinpoint software, version 4...
February 19, 2018: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Ingrid Frid, Johan Ågren, Mattias Kjellberg, Erik Normann, Richard Sindelar
AIM: This study evaluated the medical quality of acute airborne transports carried out by a neonatal emergency transport service in a Swedish healthcare region from 2012-2015. METHODS: The transport charts and patient records of all infants transported to the regional centre were reviewed for transport indications and vital parameters and outcomes. RESULTS: We identified 187 acute airborne transports and the main indications for referral were therapeutic hypothermia after perinatal asphyxia, extremely preterm birth and respiratory failure...
February 26, 2018: Acta Paediatrica
Michelle Long, Ken J Farion, Roger Zemek, Debby Voskamp, Nick Barrowman, Salwa Akiki, Sarah Reid
Background: Hyperbilirubinemia is a common neonatal condition requiring timely management to prevent acute bilirubin encephalopathy. Management protocols allow nonphysicians to initiate designated actions prior to physician assessment. Objective: To assess the effectiveness of a nurse-initiated neonatal jaundice management protocol for serum bilirubin sampling and phototherapy for neonates presenting with hyperbilirubinemia to the Paediatric Emergency Department (PED)...
August 2017: Paediatrics & Child Health
Pedro Hidalgo-Lopezosa, Ana Isabel Cobo-Cuenca, Juan Manuel Carmona-Torres, Patricia Luque-Carrillo, Pedro Manuel Rodríguez-Muñoz, María Aurora Rodríguez-Borrego
PURPOSE: Perinatal mortality has been decreasing in Europe thanks to a reduction in neonatal mortality. The causes of fetal mortality remain poorly studied. The objective was to determine the late fetal mortality rate in Spain in 2015 and the associated factors. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed using data regarding births in 2015 in Spain extracted from the National Institute of Statistics. Single births at 28 or more weeks of pregnancy were included...
February 21, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
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