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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187839/understanding-the-implications-of-birth-weight
#1
Stephanie F McGuire
Neonatal growth parameters include birth weight, length, and head circumference. Weight, as it relates to gestational age, is monitored closely during pregnancy to assess the appropriate growth of the fetus. At birth, it becomes an important parameter to assess the health and well-being of the newborn. Birth weight carries implications for nursing care and monitoring of the newborn's transition to extrauterine life. The importance of birth weight assessment and its interpretation will be reviewed, along with the implications for immediate neonatal care and potential long-term effects on an infant's health outcomes...
February 2017: Nursing for Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154744/environmental-factors-influencing-biological-rhythms-in-newborns-from-neonatal-intensive-care-units-to-home
#2
Clarissa Bueno, Luiz Menna-Barreto
Photic and non-photic environmental factors are suggested to modulate the development of circadian rhythms in infants. Our aim is to evaluate the development of biological rhythms (circadian or ultradian) in newborns in transition from Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) to home and along the first 6 months of life, to identify masking and entraining environment factors along development. Ten newborns were evaluated in their last week inside the NICU and in the first week after being delivered home; 6 babies were also followed until 6 months of corrected age...
October 2016: Sleep Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153467/water-balance-in-the-fetus-and-neonate
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REVIEW
Julie B Lindower
Fetal water balance is dependent prenatally on the placental transfer of water from maternal to fetal circulation. Adequate amniotic fluid volume is one indicator of stable fetal status and development. Excessive or less than expected amniotic fluid volume may be a precursor to postnatal morbidity and mortality. Postnatal transition is marked by predictable changes in body water including contraction of extracellular volume and insensible fluid loss, primarily across the skin barrier. The degree to which these occur is determined by gestational and postnatal age...
January 30, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151495/greater-brain-response-to-emotional-expressions-of-their-own-children-in-mothers-of-preterm-infants-an-fmri-study
#4
R Montirosso, F Arrigoni, E Casini, A Nordio, P De Carli, F Di Salle, S Moriconi, M Re, G Reni, R Borgatti
OBJECTIVE: The birth of a preterm infant and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit hospitalization constitute a potentially traumatic experience for mothers. Although behavioral studies investigated the parenting stress in preterm mothers, no study focused on the underlying neural mechanisms. We examined the effect of preterm births in mothers, by comparing brain activation in mothers of preterm and full-term infants. STUDY DESIGN: We used functional magnetic resonance imaging to measure the cerebral response of 10 first-time mothers of preterm infants (gestational age <32 weeks and/or birth weight <1500) and 11 mothers of full-term infants, viewing happy-, neutral- and distress-face images of their own infant, along with a matched unknown infant...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121762/transition-to-a-new-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-positive-effects-on-staff-working-environment-and-how-the-physical-environment-facilitates-family-centered-care
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Johannes van den Berg, Frida Bäck, Zara Hed, David Edvardsson
To optimize family-centered care and the staff working environment, the physical care environment should be designed to meet the needs of the infants, their families, and staff. It is important to evaluate the effects of a purpose-built neonatal ward on staff perceptions of job strain, the psychosocial climate, and the appropriateness of the physical environment. This study collected information from staff at a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), before and after the ward was relocated to a new NICU. Effects were measured using the following variables: job strain, person-centered climate and appropriateness-of-the-physical-environment questionnaires...
January 2017: Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109052/the-use-of-methadone-to-facilitate-opioid-weaning-in-pediatric-critical-care-patients-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Leslie A Dervan, Beryl Yaghmai, Robert Scott Watson, Fredric M Wolf
BACKGROUND: Continuous opioid infusion therapy is commonly utilized in the pediatric intensive care setting to treat pain and facilitate tolerance of invasive therapies. Transitioning to methadone is one common strategy for weaning from continuous opioid infusions, but in practice this transition can be challenging, and many children still experience iatrogenic withdrawal. AIM: We reviewed the literature to evaluate the best available evidence to guide methadone therapy in this setting, and to summarize associated adverse events...
January 20, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009334/challenges-successes-and-opportunities-for-reducing-readmissions-in-a%C3%A2-referral-based-children-s-hospital-nicu
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R Bapat, R McClead, E Shepherd, G Ryshen, T Bartman
AIM: To evaluate readmission data in a level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to identify patient characteristics and process failures which serve as drivers for readmission. METHODS: Our center is a primary referral center in Central and Southeast Ohio, providing us a unique opportunity to evaluate readmissions. We studied our current discharge process, caregiver perception of discharge readiness, parental comfort and the pre-discharge and post-discharge characteristics of infants...
2016: Journal of Neonatal-perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008218/objective-assessment-of-a-preterm-infant-s-nutritive-sucking-from-initiation-of-feeding-through-hospitalization-and-discharge
#8
Gilson J Capilouto, Tommy J Cunningham
INTRODUCTION: In 2008, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that an infant's ability to feed independently be considered a primary consideration for discharge home. To date, NICU healthcare teams have relied on clinical experience as well as descriptive scales to determine a high risk infant's ability to transition safely from tube feeding to oral feeding. The aim of the current case study was to illustrate the clinical utility of nfant(®) Feeding Solution as a noninvasive and objective instrument for determining a neonate's readiness to begin and advance oral feeding...
2016: Neonatal Intensive Care: the Journal of Perinatology-neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002310/committee-opinion-no-684-delayed-umbilical-cord-clamping-after-birth
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Delayed umbilical cord clamping appears to be beneficial for term and preterm infants. In term infants, delayed umbilical cord clamping increases hemoglobin levels at birth and improves iron stores in the first several months of life, which may have a favorable effect on developmental outcomes. There is a small increase in jaundice that requires phototherapy in this group of infants. Consequently, health care providers adopting delayed umbilical cord clamping in term infants should ensure that mechanisms are in place to monitor for and treat neonatal jaundice...
January 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002305/committee-opinion-no-684-summary-delayed-umbilical-cord-clamping-after-birth
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Delayed umbilical cord clamping appears to be beneficial for term and preterm infants. In term infants, delayed umbilical cord clamping increases hemoglobin levels at birth and improves iron stores in the first several months of life, which may have a favorable effect on developmental outcomes. There is a small increase in jaundice that requires phototherapy in this group of infants. Consequently, health care providers adopting delayed umbilical cord clamping in term infants should ensure that mechanisms are in place to monitor for and treat neonatal jaundice...
January 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990350/supporting-parents-of-premature-infants-transitioning-from-the-nicu-to-home-a-pilot-randomized-control-trial-of-a-smartphone-application
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Craig F Garfield, Young Seok Lee, Hyung Nam Kim, Joshua Rutsohn, Janine Yasmin Kahn, Brian Mustanski, David C Mohr
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether parents of Very Low Birth Weight (VLBW) infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) transitioning home with the NICU-2-Home smartphone application have greater parenting self-efficacy, are better prepared for discharge and have shorter length of stay (LOS) than control parents. METHODS: A four-week pilot randomized controlled trial during the transition home with 90 VLBW parents randomized to usual care (n=44) or usual care plus NICU-2-Home (n=46), a smartphone application designed for VLBW parents...
May 2016: Internet Interventions: the Application of Information Technology in Mental and Behavioural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906716/infants-with-technology-dependence-facilitating-the-road-to-home
#12
REVIEW
Jennifer D Bowles, Amy J Jnah, Desi M Newberry, Carol A Hubbard, Tracey Roberston
BACKGROUND: The incidence of premature infants with complex medical needs, dependent upon medical technology at discharge, is on the rise in the United States. PURPOSE: Preparing the family for the hospital-to-home transition can be challenging due to the complex medical and emotional needs of the vulnerable infant and the volume of subspecialty services and equipment required. METHODS/SEARCH STRATEGY: Relevant articles from PubMed, Google Scholar, CINAHLFINDINGS/RESULTS:: There is an increasing incidence of technology dependent infants discharged from neonatal intensive care units in the United States...
December 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902504/a-password-protected-web-site-for-mothers-expressing-milk-for-their-preterm-infants
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MaryAnn Blatz, Donna Dowling, Patricia W Underwood, Amy Bieda, Gregory Graham
BACKGROUND: Research has demonstrated that breast milk significantly decreases morbidities that impact length of stay for preterm infants, but there is a need to test interventions to improve breastfeeding outcomes. Since many Americans are using technologies such as the Intranet and smartphones to find health information and manage health, a Web site was developed for mothers who provide breast milk for their preterm hospitalized infants. PURPOSE: This study examined the efficacy of a Web site for mothers to educate them about breast milk expression and assist them in monitoring their breast milk supply...
November 29, 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794361/the-vulnerable-microcirculation-in-the-critically-ill-pediatric-patient
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REVIEW
J W Kuiper, D Tibboel, C Ince
In neonates, cardiovascular system development does not stop after the transition from intra-uterine to extra-uterine life and is not limited to the macrocirculation. The microcirculation (MC), which is essential for oxygen, nutrient, and drug delivery to tissues and cells, also develops. Developmental changes in the microcirculatory structure continue to occur during the initial weeks of life in healthy neonates. The physiologic hallmarks of neonates and developing children make them particularly vulnerable during critical illness; however, the cardiovascular monitoring possibilities are limited compared with critically ill adult patients...
October 30, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27787506/resuscitation-practices-for-infants-in-the-nicu-picu-and-cicu-results-of-a-national-survey
#15
N Ali, T Sawyer, J Barry, T Grover, A Ades
OBJECTIVE: Infants requiring resuscitation at birth are resuscitated using neonatal resuscitation guidelines. Sometime after birth, resuscitation practice must transition to pediatric guidelines. There is no evidence on when this transition should occur. The objective of this study was to describe infant resuscitation practices in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs), Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs) and Cardiac Intensive Care Units (CICUs). STUDY DESIGN: An electronic survey was sent to medical directors of NICUs, PICUs and CICUs in the U...
October 27, 2016: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776035/use-of-social-media-by-fathers-of-premature-infants
#16
Hyung Nam Kim, Tami H Wyatt, Xueping Li, Mark Gaylord
Although parents of premature infants experience many challenges when transitioning home from the neonatal intensive care unit, healthcare providers and social support systems tend to focus on mothers and infants rather than fathers. Unfortunately, very little is known about paternal concerns and needs as compared with maternal ones. The lack of understanding about paternal needs may lead to inadequate designs of neonatal intensive care unit family support programs with less involved fathers, all of which contribute to increased burdens on mothers and poor health outcomes for their infants...
October 2016: Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776034/paternal-and-maternal-testosterone-in-parents-of-nicu-infants-transitioning-home
#17
Craig F Garfield, Clarissa D Simon, Joshua Rutsohn, Young S Lee
Lower testosterone during the transition to new parenthood is considered beneficial to help parents better engage with their infants. No data currently exist studying salivary testosterone of parents with infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) during the transition to home. We examine testosterone levels for parents of very low-birth-weight infants, including links between salivary testosterone and infant factors (such as breast-feeding), psychosocial stress, and changes over time.Testosterone salivary samples were assayed after self-collection by 86 parents (43 fathers and 43 mothers) with NICU infants at wakeup and bedtime prior to discharge and at 3 additional times at home...
October 2016: Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754572/effects-of-pacifier-use-on-transition-to-full-breastfeeding-and-sucking-skills-in-preterm-infants-a-randomised-controlled-trial
#18
Vildan Kaya, Aynur Aytekin
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of pacifier use on transition to full breastfeeding and sucking skills in preterm infants. BACKGROUND: Feeding problems in preterm infants cause delays in hospital discharge, extend mother-infant reunification, and increase medical cost. Nutritive sucking skills of preterm infants may develop by improving non-nutritive sucking skills and increasing sucking experiences. DESIGN: A prospective, randomised controlled trial conducted in the Eastern Turkey...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27749686/implementation-of-the-neonatal-nurse-practitioner-role-in-a-community-hospital-s-labor-delivery-and-level-1-postpartum-unit
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Tara Follett, Sara Calderon-Crossman, Denise Clarke, Marcia Ergezinger, Christene Evanochko, Krystal Johnson, Natalie Mercy, Barbara Taylor
BACKGROUND: A level 1 community hospital with a labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum (LDRP) unit delivering over 2800 babies per year was operating without dedicated neonatal resuscitation and stabilization support. PURPOSE: With lack of funding and space to provide an onsite level 2 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a position was created to provide neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) coverage to support the LDRP unit. METHOD: The article describes the innovative solution of having an NNP team rotate from a regional neonatal intensive care program to a busy community LDRP unit...
October 4, 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27717357/perfusion-index-assessment-during-transition-period-of-newborns-an-observational-study
#20
Sezin Unal, Ebru Ergenekon, Selma Aktas, Serdar Beken, Nilgun Altuntas, Ebru Kazanci, Ferit Kulali, Ibrahim M Hirfanoglu, Esra Onal, Canan Turkyilmaz, Esin Koc, Yildiz Atalay
BACKGROUND: Perfusion index (PI) is becoming a part of clinical practice in neonatology to monitor peripheral perfusion noninvasively. Hemodynamic and respiratory changes occur in newborns during the transition period after birth in which peripheral perfusion may be affected. Tachypnea is a frequent symptom during this period. While some tachypneic newborns get well in less than 6 h and diagnosed as "delayed transition", others get admitted to intensive care unit which transient tachypnea of newborn (TTN) being the most common diagnosis among them...
October 7, 2016: BMC Pediatrics
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