Study IDs most common causes of neonatal bacterial meningitis | Researchers find sharp increase in costs for neonatal abstinence syndrome | Ill. hospital finds delayed newborn washing improves outcomes
June 22, 2017
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Study IDs most common causes of neonatal bacterial meningitis
Thirty-three percent and 31% of infants who developed bacterial meningitis within the first 90 days of life had E. coli and group B streptococcus bacteria, respectively, according to a study in Pediatrics. Researchers suggest that empirical therapy for neonatal bacterial meningitis should include a third-generation cephalosporin and additional ampicillin for at least the first month.
Healio (free registration)/Infectious Diseases in Children (6/21) 
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Researchers find sharp increase in costs for neonatal abstinence syndrome
Hospital care costs for babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome in the US rose from $61 million in 2003 to more than $300 million in 2013, researchers report in the journal Addiction. The findings also showed three times longer and more expensive hospital stays among those with NAS, compared with other hospitalized newborns.
HealthDay News (6/15) 
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Health Policy & Practice
Ill. hospital finds delayed newborn washing improves outcomes
Nurses at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Ill., wait for 14 hours before washing the white, waxy film called vernix from newborns because it may protect infants from hypothermia and hypoglycemia and promote breast-feeding. Nurse Courtney Buss studied the policy, and found that after one month, the number of babies diagnosed with hypothermia decreased from 29% to 14%, rates of hypoglycemia dropped from 21% to 7% and breast-feeding rates increased from 51% to 71%.
The Courier-News (Elgin, Ill.) (6/11) 
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Data show breast-feeding increased in NYC nutrition program
CDC data showed 83.4% of infants in a New York City supplemental nutrition program began breast-feeding in 2015, exceeding the Healthy People 2020 goal of 81.9%. Researchers wrote in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that the NY Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children saw increased breast-feeding across racial and ethnic groups, and that rates of exclusive breast-feeding increased at 3 months and 6 months.
MedPage Today (free registration) (6/15) 
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Trends & Technology
Hospital NICU tests app to track breast milk
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's Intensive Care Nursery is testing the Keriton app, designed by nurses and mothers, that monitors the hospital's inventory of breast milk and serves as a communication tool. The app has four functions, including an inventory management system and a dashboard that allows nurses to monitor pumping patterns, along with forums connecting moms to lactation specialists and allowing nurses to send baby photos to mothers.
PhillyVoice (Philadelphia) (6/13) 
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Senate bill calls for steep cuts to Medicaid, end of mandate
Senate Republicans on Thursday released a 142-page bill, aimed at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, that would make steep cuts to Medicaid and end the requirement for all Americans to have health insurance, while creating new federal tax credits to help people buy coverage. The bill, which could face opposition from conservative and moderate Republican senators along with Democrats, would allow states to drop benefits mandated by the ACA, such as maternity and mental health care.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (6/22) 
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NANN is offering registration scholarships to attend the 33rd Annual Conference taking place October 11-14, 2017 in Providence, Rhode Island. Each scholarship is equal to the early-bird conference rate ($245 - $505) and will be distributed as a complimentary registration. Deadline to apply is June 23, 2017. Apply now!
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