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neonate;preterm;neonatal intensive care unit

Alberto Berardi, Isotta Guidotti, Roberta Creti, Giovanna Alfarone, Antonella Grottola, Claudia Venturelli, Giulia Fregni Serpinid, Elisa Della Casa, Elena Vecchi, Alessandra Boncompagni, Carlotta Toffoli, Fabrizio Ferrari
OBJECTIVES: Current predominant routes of group B Streptococcus (GBS) transmission in preterm neonates admitted to neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are poorly defined. We report two overlapping clusters of GBS late-onset disease (LOD) from June to September 2015 in an Italian NICU. METHODS: During the outbreak, possible sources of transmission (equipment, feeding bottles, breast pumps) were swabbed. Specimens from throat and rectum were collected on a weekly basis from all neonates admitted to NICU...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Zhi-Hui Zou, Dong Liu, Hong-Dong Li, Dan-Ping Zhu, Yu He, Ting Hou, Jia-Lin Yu
BACKGROUND: To explore the influences of prenatal antibiotic exposure, the intensity of prenatal and postnatal antibiotic exposure on gut microbiota of preterm infants and whether gut microbiota and drug resistant strains in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) over a defined period are related. METHODS: Among 28 preterm infants, there were two groups, the PAT (prenatal antibiotic therapy) group (12 cases), and the PAF (prenatal antibiotic free) group (12 cases)...
March 19, 2018: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
Benjamin D Reed, Kurt R Schibler, Hitesh Deshmukh, Namasivayam Ambalavanan, Ardythe L Morrow
OBJECTIVES: We examined the impact of prenatal exposure to maternal antibiotics on risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), late onset sepsis (LOS), and death in infants born preterm. STUDY DESIGN: Secondary data analysis was conducted via an extant cohort of 580 infants born <32 weeks of gestation and enrolled in 3 level III neonatal intensive care units. Prenatal antibiotic exposure was defined as antibiotics received by the mother within 72 hours before delivery...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
J Edy Siswanto, Nani H Widodo, Pieter J J Sauer
BACKGROUND: Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a well-known complication in preterm infants. Data on the incidence of ROP in Indonesia, in relation to birth weight (BW) and gestational age (GA), are limited. OBJECTIVE: To report the incidence of ROP in one of the oldest and largest neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Indonesia. METHODS: We studied the incidence and severity of ROP in inborn infants with a BW of ≤1500 g and/or GA of ≤32 weeks, who were admitted to the NICU of Harapan Kita Women and Children Hospital, Jakarta...
March 17, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Elizabeth A Brownell, Adam P Matson, Kelsey C Smith, James E Moore, Patricia A Esposito, Mary M Lussier, Trudy J Lerer, James I Hagadorn
BACKGROUND: A dose-response relationship between proportions of donor human milk (DHM) intake and in-neonatal intensive care unit (in-NICU) growth rates, if any, remains poorly defined. Objective was to evaluate interrelationships between percentages of DHM, mother's own milk (MOM), and preterm formula (PF) intake and neonatal growth parameters at 36 weeks postmenstrual age or NICU discharge. METHODS: Infants eligible for this single-center retrospective study were inborn at ≤32 weeks gestation or ≤1800 g, stayed in the NICU for ≥7 days, and received enteral nutrition consisting of human milk fortified with Enfamil human milk fortifier acidified liquid...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Livio Provenzi, Sara Broso, Rosario Montirosso
Preterm infants are hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and are precociously separated from their mothers. Although developmental care interventions are meant to facilitate mother-infant bonding, physical contact is not always possible. Maternal voice exposure has been proposed as a way to foster maternal closeness and support postnatal bonding. Here we present a systematic review on maternal voice effects on preterm infants' development. Literature search occurred on 4 databases (PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science and CINAHL)...
March 10, 2018: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Yan-Ting Song, Yong-Qin Wang, Yue-Hua Zhao, Hai-Ling Zhu, Qian Liu, Xiao Zhang, Yi-Wen Gao, Wei-Ye Zhang, Yu-Tong Sang
OBJECTIVE: To study the risk factors for elevated serum total bile acid (TBA) in preterm infants. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed for the clinical data of 216 preterm infants who were admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. According to the presence or absence of elevated TBA (TBA >24.8 μmol/L), the preterm infants were divided into elevated TBA group with 53 infants and non-elevated TBA group with 163 infants. A univariate analysis and an unconditional multivariate logistic regression analysis were used to investigate the risk factors for elevated TBA...
March 2018: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
Warapan Nakayuenyongsuk, Megan Christofferson, David K Stevenson, Karl Sylvester, Henry C Lee, K T Park
OBJECTIVE: To establish baseline trends in fecal calprotectin, a protein excreted into the stool when there is neutrophilic inflammation in the bowel, in infants at risk for necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). STUDY DESIGN: We performed a prospective observational cohort study in infants with a birth weight of <1500 g without existing bowel disease at a level IV neonatal intensive care unit from October 2015 to September 2016. Stools were collected once daily for 30 days or until 32 weeks postmenstrual age and processed using the Fecal Calprotectin High Range Quantitative Quantum Blue assay...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
Huijing Zhang, Ruochong Dou, Huixia Yang, Xianlan Zhao, Dunjin Chen, Yilin Ding, Hongjuan Ding, Shihong Cui, Weishe Zhang, Hong Xin, Weirong Gu, Yali Hu, Guifeng Ding, Hongbo Qi, Ling Fan, Yuyan Ma, Junli Lu, Yue Yang, Li Lin, Xiucui Luo, Xiaohong Zhang, Shangrong Fan
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to identify the maternal and neonatal outcomes in women with placenta increta or placenta percreta in China. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 2219 cases from 20 tertiary care centers in China between January 2011 and December 2015. All cases were diagnosed of placenta increta or placenta percreta, based on either intraoperative findings or histopathological findings. RESULTS: The incidence of placenta increta and placenta percreta progressively increased from 0...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Tamorah R Lewis, Elaine L Shelton, Sara L Van Driest, Prince J Kannankeril, Jeff Reese
Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a frequent, complex, and difficult to treat clinical syndrome among preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. In addition to known clinical risk factors, there are emerging data about genetic predisposition to PDA in both animal and human models. Clinical response and toxicity from drugs used to treat PDA are highly variable. Developmental and genetic aspects of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics influence exposure and response to pharmacologic therapies. Given the variable efficacy and toxicity of known drug therapies, novel therapeutic targets for PDA treatment offer the promise of precision medicine...
February 24, 2018: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Víctor Lago Leal, Loida Pamplona Bueno, Lucía Cabanillas Vilaplana, Estefanía Nicolás Montero, Mónica Martín Blanco, Cristina Fernández Romero, Sara El Bakkali, Tamara Pradillo Aramendi, Lara Sobrino Lorenzano, Paula Castellano Esparza, Esther Ballesteros Benito, Nieves Rayo Navarro, Pablo Del Barrio Fernández, Vanesa Ocaña Martínez, Luis Martínez Cortés
OBJECTIVE: To assess the short and medium-term effects of milking maneuver (MM) compared with early cord clamping for infants born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 138 infants between 24+0 and 36+6 weeks of gestation were allocated to MM or early cord clamping. Primary outcomes were the requirement of red blood cell transfusions or phototherapy. RESULTS: Initial hemoglobin was significantly higher in the MM group by 1.675 g/dL (p < 0...
March 5, 2018: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
David Wright, Daniel L Rolnik, Argyro Syngelaki, Catalina de Paco Matallana, Mirian Machuca, Mercedes de Alvarado, Sofia Mastrodima, Min Yi Tan, Siobhan Shearing, Nicola Persico, Jacques C Jani, Walter Plasencia, George Papaioannou, Francisca S Molina, Liona C Poon, Kypros H Nicolaides
BACKGROUND: Preeclampsia is a major pregnancy complication with adverse short- and long-term implications for both the mother and baby. Screening for preeclampsia at 11-13 weeks' gestation by a combination of maternal demographic characteristics and medical history with measurements of biomarkers can identify about 75% of women that develop preterm-preeclampsia with delivery at <37 weeks' gestation and 90% of those with early-preeclampsia at <32 weeks, at a screen positive rate of 10%...
March 2, 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Annemarie Stroustrup, Jennifer B Bragg, Syam S Andra, Paul C Curtin, Emily A Spear, Denise B Sison, Allan C Just, Manish Arora, Chris Gennings
Every year in the United States, more than 300,000 infants are admitted to neonatal intensive care units (NICU) where they are exposed to a chemical-intensive hospital environment during a developmentally vulnerable period. The neurodevelopmental impact of environmental exposure to phthalates during the NICU stay is unknown. As phthalate exposure during the third trimester developmental window has been implicated in neurobehavioral deficits in term-born children that are strikingly similar to a phenotype of neurobehavioral morbidity common among children born premature, the role of early-life phthalate exposure on the neurodevelopmental trajectory of premature infants may be clinically important...
2018: PloS One
Anushree Algotar, Ala K Shaikhkhalil, Kim Siler-Wurst, Swetha Sitaram, Ish Gulati, Sudarshan R Jadcherla
BACKGROUND: Body composition is an important predictor of long-term outcomes in neonates and may be altered by several factors. Innovative methods like air displacement plethysmography (ADP) can safely and reliably measure body composition, potentially assisting in individualization of nutrition therapy. OBJECTIVES: 1) To characterize patterns of body composition change in convalescing neonates in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and examine factors leading to variation...
January 2018: JPEN. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Elisabetta Villa, Roberta Barachetti, Mario Barbarini
Preterm infants are at risk for poor growth while in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and after discharge from the NICU. The main objective is to reach the body composition and rate of growth of a normal fetus/infant of the same post-menstrual age during the first entire year of life. In case of human milk, the limited data do not provide convincing evidence that feeding preterm infants after discharge with multi-nutrient fortified human milk, compared with unfortified, affects important outcomes including growth rates during infancy...
December 22, 2017: La Pediatria Medica e Chirurgica: Medical and Surgical Pediatrics
Ines Tofe, Maria Dolores Ruiz-González, Maria Dolores Cañete, Asuncion Pino, Rosa Lorena Rueda, Maria Jose Parraga, Juan Luis Perez-Navero
Background: Standard medical treatment for patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closure has been indomethacin/ibuprofen or surgical ligation. Up to date, new strategies have been reported with paracetamol. The aim of this study was to present our experience with intravenous paracetamol for closing PDA in preterm neonates presenting contraindication to ibuprofen or ibuprofen had failed and no candidates for surgical ligation because of huge instability. Materials and methods: We conducted a retrospective case series study in a neonatal intensive care unit from a tertiary hospital...
2018: Frontiers in Pediatrics
David E Segar, Elizabeth K Segar, Lyndsay A Harshman, John M Dagle, Susan J Carlson, Jeffrey L Segar
OBJECTIVE:  To implement and evaluate a clinical practice algorithm to identify preterm infants with sodium deficiency and guide sodium supplementation based on urine sodium concentrations. STUDY DESIGN:  Urine sodium concentration was measured in infants born at 260/7 to 296/7 weeks' gestation at 2-week intervals. Sodium supplementation was based on the urine sodium algorithm. Growth and respiratory outcomes in this cohort were compared with a matched cohort cared for in our neonatal intensive care unit prior to algorithm implementation (2014-2015 cohort)...
February 27, 2018: American Journal of Perinatology
Erin K Tkach, Amy Mackley, Alison Brooks, Josh Kessler, David A Paul
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to determine if a change in cryoprecipitate transfusion policy impacts donor exposure and fibrinogen level in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) population. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: The cryoprecipitate policy was changed from transfusing 10ml/kg to a maximum of 1 unit per transfusion in January 2013. Data were obtained via retrospective chart review of all infants receiving cryoprecipitate transfusions from January 2008 to February 2015 in the NICU at Christiana Hospital...
February 25, 2018: Transfusion
Ebtihal Ali, Nasser Al-Shafouri, Abrar Hussain, R John Baier
Objective: Developing less invasive methods for early detection of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is vital to minimizing blindness in premature infants. Lofqvist and colleagues developed a computer-based ROP risk algorithm (WINROP) (, which detects downtrends in postnatal weight gain that correlate with the development of sight-threatening ROP. The aim of this study is to investigate the sensitivity and specificity of the WINROP algorithm to detect vision-threatening ROP...
July 2017: Paediatrics & Child Health
Emily A O'Brien, Tarah T Colaizy, Jane E Brumbaugh, Gretchen A Cress, Karen J Johnson, Jonathan M Klein, Edward F Bell
OBJECTIVE: Hypothermia occurs frequently in the first minutes after birth in preterm infants. Hyperthermia also occurs, often as a consequence of efforts to provide thermal support. Both hypothermia and hyperthermia are potentially harmful. Our objective was to examine the distribution of admission temperatures of very low birth weight (VLBW) infants, the effect of gestational age on admission temperatures, and the time required for correction of low temperatures. METHODS: Admission axillary temperatures were retrieved from the medical records for all VLBW infants born in our hospital during a 5-year period...
February 25, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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