The rate of wrong-patient orders in NICUs was 117.2 per 100,000 orders, compared with 74.9 per 100,000 orders in non-NICU pediatric units, according to a study in Pediatrics. However, the findings, based on more than 4.3 million pediatric orders, showed that the ID reentry intervention and combined ID reentry and distinct naming interventions reduced NICU error frequency by 48.7% and 61.1% from baseline, respectively.
A study of 139 women ages 45 and older who gave birth to twins delivered on average at 35.4 weeks' gestation, but 93.5% had a cesarean delivery, 44.6% developed preeclampsia and 19% had gestational diabetes, according to a study in Obstetrics & Gynecology. The average age at delivery was 47.3 years for the women in the study, 99% of whom had undergone in vitro fertilization with 95% using donor eggs.
The US Preventive Services Task Force published updated guidelines in the Journal of the American Medical Association that call for all pregnant women to undergo routine blood pressure monitoring at every prenatal visit to screen for preeclampsia, regardless of whether they have a history of preeclampsia or high blood pressure. Separate guidelines call for pregnant women with a higher risk of preeclampsia to take low-dose aspirin after 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Researchers said pregnant women with complex or non-complex congenital heart disease had a higher risk of congestive heart failure and atrial arrhythmia, as well as adverse maternal and fetal outcomes, compared with those who did not have congenital heart disease. The study in JAMA Cardiology found pregnant women with complex and non-complex CHD had higher risks for cesarean delivery and fetal growth restriction.
Women with hepatitis B who took the antiviral drug tenofovir in the second or third trimester of pregnancy had 77% lower rates of transmission of the virus to infants, researchers reported in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics. The analysis was based on data from 10 studies involving 733 women.
Taking beta-blocker drugs during pregnancy may not increase the risk of fetal congenital cardiac anomalies, researchers reported in a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study included 379,238 births from 2003 to 2014, and researchers said the most common beta-blockers used were atenolol, labetalol, propranolol and metoprolol.
Researchers found that NICUs with high average daily admission rates and long-time EHR use had significantly higher provider burnout rates than those with low patient volume and no EHR usage. The study, published in Pediatrics, found no significant associations between burnout and patient mortality risk, proportion of high-risk patients, in-house attending presence or teaching hospital distinction.
A study of more than 47,000 midwife-attended births evaluated 10 risk factors for maternal and neonatal outcomes associated with giving birth at home or at a birth center. The study, in the journal Birth, found risks associated with obesity and maternal age were modest, while breech presentation was associated with higher risks with home delivery.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed into law a bill that calls for parents of unborn babies with a lethal fetal anomaly to be given information about available perinatal hospice care. Physicians would provide hospice information from the state Department of Health and Human Services.
A study in MCN: The American Journal of Maternal-Child Nursing found that parents who participated in a customized simulation to prepare them to care for their infant after discharge from neonatal intensive care reported an almost 30% increase in confidence that they could perform those duties. "The advantage of simulation is that parents can experience the 'what if' problems that cannot be replicated in the clinical setting without placing the baby at risk," nurse researcher Deborah Raines said.
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