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Dan Stewart, William Benitz
Postpartum infections remain a leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality worldwide. A high percentage of these infections may stem from bacterial colonization of the umbilicus, because cord care practices vary in reflection of cultural traditions within communities and disparities in health care practices globally. After birth, the devitalized umbilical cord often proves to be an ideal substrate for bacterial growth and also provides direct access to the bloodstream of the neonate. Bacterial colonization of the cord not infrequently leads to omphalitis and associated thrombophlebitis, cellulitis, or necrotizing fasciitis...
September 2016: Pediatrics
Todd A Florin, Amy C Plint, Joseph J Zorc
Viral bronchiolitis is a common clinical syndrome affecting infants and young children. Concern about its associated morbidity and cost has led to a large body of research that has been summarised in systematic reviews and integrated into clinical practice guidelines in several countries. The evidence and guideline recommendations consistently support a clinical diagnosis with the limited role for diagnostic testing for children presenting with the typical clinical syndrome of viral upper respiratory infection progressing to the lower respiratory tract...
August 20, 2016: Lancet
Marlies Ostermann, Michael Joannidis
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is common and is associated with serious short- and long-term complications. Early diagnosis and identification of the underlying aetiology are essential to guide management. In this review, we outline the current definition of AKI and the potential pitfalls, and summarise the existing and future tools to investigate AKI in critically ill patients.
September 27, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Horacio J Adrogué, Nicolaos E Madias
The physiologic approach has long been used in assessing acid-base status. This approach considers acids as hydrogen ion donors and bases as hydrogen ion acceptors and the acid-base status of the organism as reflecting the interaction of net hydrogen ion balance with body buffers. In the physiologic approach, the carbonic acid/bicarbonate buffer pair is used for assessing acid-base status and blood pH is determined by carbonic acid (ie, Paco2) and serum bicarbonate levels. More recently, the physicochemical approach was introduced, which has gained popularity, particularly among intensivists and anesthesiologists...
August 30, 2016: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Eric L Scholten, Jeremy R Beitler, G Kim Prisk, Atul Malhotra
Prone positioning was first proposed in the 1970s as a method to improve gas exchange in the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Subsequent observations of dramatic improvement in oxygenation with simple patient rotation motivated the next several decades of research. This work elucidated the physiology mechanisms underlying changes in gas exchange and respiratory mechanics with prone ventilation. However, translating physiological improvements into a clinical benefit has proven challenging; several contemporary trials showed no major clinical benefits with proning...
July 8, 2016: Chest
Elizabeth Allocco, Marjorie Melker, Florencia Rojas-Miguez, Caitlin Bradley, Kristen A Hahn, Elisha M Wachman
BACKGROUND: Twenty percent to 40% of infants exposed to in utero opioid were delivered preterm. There is currently no neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) scoring tool known to accurately evaluate preterm opioid-exposed infants. This can lead to difficulties in titrating pharmacotherapy in this population. PURPOSE: To describe NAS symptoms in preterm opioid-exposed infants in comparison with matched full-term controls. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study from a single tertiary care center of methadone-exposed infants born between 2006 and 2010...
October 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Gunnar Boman
Albert Calmette (1863-1933) was a well-known French physician and bacteriologist. He started his career as a naval medical officer and participated in several expeditions to the French colonies, including Saint-Pierre et Miquelon and Gabon. In 1891 he founded the Pasteur Institute in Saigon in French Indo-China, which is now Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, and became its first head. He returned to France in 1894 and was asked to found another Pasteur Institute in Lille in Northern France, where he worked as its manager from 1896 to 1919...
September 9, 2016: Acta Paediatrica
José Carlos Rivera, Ankush Madaan, Tianwei Ellen Zhou, Sylvain Chemtob
: Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a multifactorial disease and the main cause of visual impairment and blindness in premature neonates. The inner retina has been considered the primary region affected in ROP, but choroidal vascular degeneration and progressive outer retinal dysfunctions have also been observed. This review focuses on observations regarding neurovascular dysfunctions in both the inner and outer immature retina, the mechanisms and the neuronal-derived factors implicated in the development of ROP, as well potential therapeutic avenues for this disorder...
September 13, 2016: Acta Paediatrica
David Askenazi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Acta Paediatrica
M Jeffrey Maisels
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September 22, 2016: Acta Paediatrica
Paul-Michael Windscheif, Rhoda Welsh, Laura Smith, Ian Nicoll, Mark Anthony
AIM: Prospective assessment of safety of dose banding of once daily gentamicin in newborns with signs of EONS in their first days of life. METHOD: All neonates admitted on the level-3 neonatal unit, with at least three consecutive once daily gentamicin doses, started no later than 48 hrs after birth were included. The dose was based on initial birth weight and not adjusted to daily changes of the bodyweight(W). A gentamicin trough level of 2 mg/L was permitted...
September 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Masayuki Ochiai, Yuki Matsushita, Hirosuke Inoue, Takeshi Kusuda, Dongchon Kang, Kiyoshi Ichihara, Naoki Nakashima, Kenji Ihara, Shouichi Ohga, Toshiro Hara
Preterm low-birth-weight infants remain difficult to manage based on adequate laboratory tests. The aim of this study was to establish blood reference intervals (RIs) in those newborns who were admitted to and survived in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). A multicenter prospective study was conducted among all infants admitted to 11 affiliated NICUs from 2010 to 2013. The clinical information and laboratory data were registered in a network database designed for this study. The RIs for 26 items were derived using the parametric method after applying the latent abnormal values exclusion method...
2016: PloS One
Amy Keir, Sanchita Pal, Marialena Trivella, Lani Lieberman, Jeannie Callum, Nadine Shehata, Simon J Stanworth
BACKGROUND: Controversy exists regarding the contribution of blood transfusions to a range of adverse clinical outcomes in neonates. The aim of our systematic review was to identify the broader literature on harmful effects and associations potentially attributable to red blood cell (RBC) transfusions. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: A comprehensive search of MEDLINE (PubMed) and EMBASE was undertaken. Eligible studies included both randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and nonrandomized studies examining the effects of small volume (10-20 mL/kg) RBC transfusions on neonates...
September 7, 2016: Transfusion
Karen Whitfield, Claudia Barkeij, Angela North
AIM: To present a case of an extremely premature infant and the role that the specialist neonatal pharmacist has on the quality of care of these patients. METHOD: Interventions and recommendations made by the pharmacists over the admission of a triplet born at 23 weeks and 5 days gestation were recorded. The type of interventions were categorised and classified for risk using a consequence/probability matrix.1 RESULTS: The patient required admission to the intensive care unit and subsequently the special care unit for a period of 163 days before discharge home...
September 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Alona Bin-Nun, Francis B Mimouni, Daniel Fink, Hen Sela, Cathy Hammerman
We hypothesized that postnatal absolute nucleated red blood cell (aNRBC) counts would be elevated in premature infants with hemodynamically significant patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), reflecting intrauterine hypoxia. PDA severity was assessed and categorized echocardiographically. aNRBC counts were significantly correlated with ductal severity (Pearson correlation: P = .007). At the extremes, aNRBC levels were 3770 (728, 6015) hemodynamically significant PDA vs 865 (483, 2528) closed ductus.
October 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
David H Adamkin
A consistent definition for neonatal hypoglycemia in the first 48 h of life continues to elude us. Enhanced understanding of metabolic disturbances and genetic disorders that underlie alterations in postnatal glucose homeostasis has added useful information to understanding transitional hypoglycemia. This growth in knowledge still has not led to what we need to know: "How low is too low and for how long?" This article reviews the current state of understanding of neonatal hypoglycemia and how different approaches reach different "expert" opinions...
September 4, 2016: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Tianyou Yang, Jiliang Yang, Tianbao Tan, Jing Pan, Chao Hu, Yan Zou
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 8, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Maria Serenella Pignotti, Maria Carmela Leo, Alessandra Pugi, Salvatore De Masi, Klaus Peter Biermann, Luisa Galli, Giovanni Vitali Rosati, Giuseppe Buonocore, Alessandro Mugelli, Carlo Dani, Ersilia Lucenteforte, Francesca Bellini, Giampaolo Donzelli
Respiratory syncytial virus infection represents a clinical burden among young children under 24 months. Palivizumab is the only drug licensed in Italy for the prevention of serious lower respiratory tract disease requiring hospitalization caused by respiratory syncytial virus in children at high risk. However recommendations for palivizumab prophylaxis are heterogeneous. Not all the published documents agree about the clinical indications of palivizumab; this could lead to different clinical practices and concerns about the appropriateness of prophylaxis...
October 2016: Pediatric Pulmonology
Qi Lu, Shupeng Cheng, Min Zhou, Jialin Yu
BACKGROUND: Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in neonates is devastating, and risk-factor identification is crucial. This study aimed to evaluate risk factors for NEC in different gestational age (GA) groups. METHODS: Risk factors associated with NEC were investigated using a retrospective case-control design. Patients with Bell's Stage NEC≥II were divided into three groups based on GA: I, <34 weeks; II, ≥34 weeks but <37 weeks; III, ≥37 weeks. Each case was paired with two GA- and weight-matched controls...
June 22, 2016: Pediatrics and Neonatology
Yu-Cheng Wang, Oi-Wa Chan, Ming-Chou Chiang, Peng-Hong Yang, Shih-Ming Chu, Jen-Fu Hsu, Ren-Huei Fu, Reyin Lien
BACKGROUND: Red blood cell (RBC) transfusion is often considered a life-saving measure in critically ill neonates. The smallest and least mature infants tend to receive the largest amount of transfusions. RBC transfusion itself has also been suggested as an independent risk factor of poor clinical outcome in critical patients. Our aim is to study if there are associations between RBC transfusion and in-hospital mortality, short-term morbidities, and late neurodevelopmental outcome in extremely low birth weight (ELBW) preterm infants...
July 5, 2016: Pediatrics and Neonatology
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