NICU inborn admissions for infants born at 34 weeks' gestation or more accounted for 79.2% of all inborn NICU admissions, but rates varied by 34-fold across NICUs, a study in JAMA Pediatrics showed. The researchers also found a negative correlation of inborn NICU admission rate with the percentage of high illness acuity, which accounted for just 11.9% of inborn NICU admissions at gestational age of 34 weeks or more
Chinese researchers found that infants in the lowest quartile of vitamin D levels at birth were 260% more likely to develop autism spectrum disorders by age 3, while those in the second and third quartiles had a 150% and 90% increased ASD risk, respectively, compared with those in the highest quartile. The findings in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research were based on data involving 27,940 Chinese newborns.
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Researchers found that the number of infant critical congenital heart disease deaths in eight states with mandatory newborn CHD screening decreased by 33.4% between 2007 and 2013, while the number of infant deaths from other or unspecified cardiac causes dropped by 21.4% during the same period, compared with nonsignificant declines in states without mandatory newborn CHD screening policies. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
A chart review of Colorado birth certificate data from 2007 to 2015 found that antibiotics given during labor and delivery were not significantly associated with neonatal seizures after risk factors were accounted for, researchers reported at the American Epilepsy Society annual meeting. Risk factors for infant seizures included hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, antibiotics given to infants to treat suspected sepsis and the presence of congenital abnormalities.
Families of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center in Houston are better able to stay connected to their babies since the hospital installed webcams in the NICU. Parents can share their login credentials to the secure cameras, which are turned off for privacy during diaper changes and other procedures.
University Hospital in San Antonio was designated a Level IV neonatal intensive care unit by the Texas Department of State Health Services and verified by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It offers interdisciplinary teams including neonatologists, respiratory therapists, a pharmacist and specially trained staff and offers post-discharge programs such as the NICU Graduate Clinic and the PREMIEre program.
Group membership discounts make it easier and less expensive to join the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. And there's no more requirement for group members to come from the same institution -- join with your neonatal nursing friends from all over North America! 3-9 new members: Save $10. 10+ new members: Save $20. Learn more at www.nann.org/group!
The National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) Program Planning Committee invites you to submit an abstract to present at the 34th Annual Conference taking place Oct. 17-20, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. A list of topics and areas of interest is available online. We encourage you to suggest your own ideas, present your own research findings, or share your knowledge on a topic of interest.