Tests conducted in a simulated NICU found 100% hand hygiene compliance reduced colonization of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria by 86%, suggesting that even optimal hygiene cannot eradicate MRSA transmission to infants, researchers reported in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. "The biggest implication is that hospitals should not just rely upon hand hygiene alone for protecting patients from becoming colonized and possibly infected with a difficult-to-treat organism," said lead author Neal Goldstein.
Infants born between 24 and 27 weeks of gestation had a more than three times increased likelihood of dying from sudden infant death syndrome and other sleep-related infant deaths before reaching age 1 year, compared with those born full-term, according to a study in Pediatrics. The findings should prompt parent education on safe infant sleep practices in the NICU as well as the development of more evidence-based initiatives to bolster compliance to safe sleep practices, said researcher Barbara Ostfeld.
A study in Diabetes Care found that fetal demise occurred in 15.6% of cases among 62 women who had at least one diabetic ketoacidosis event during pregnancy. Higher pre-DKA HbA1C levels and smoking were associated with an increased risk of preterm birth, while higher NICU admission rates correlated with higher anion gap during DKA event, preterm birth, preeclampsia and smoking.
Higher thyroid-stimulating hormone levels in early pregnancy were linked to a higher prepregnancy BMI and early pregnancy weight gain compared with normal thyroid function, according to a study in Clinical Endocrinology. Researchers measured maternal weight before and during pregnancy along with thyroid-stimulating hormone and free thyroxine levels at 13.5 weeks' gestation.
Researchers said 1.6% of at-risk pregnant women who took a 150-milligram dose of aspirin daily developed preterm preeclampsia, compared with 4.3% of women in a placebo group. The study in The New England Journal of Medicine noted women took the aspirin from 11 to 14 weeks of gestation through 36 weeks of gestation.
CDC researchers tested the placental and fetal tissue of newborns for Zika virus infection and found that only 1 in 10 infants at risk from Zika was infected, and infection did not always result in birth defects. The findings were published in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Women with average risk of breast cancer should consider mammograms at age 40, and regular screenings at 1- or 2-year intervals should begin by age 50 and continue to age 75 or older, according to guidelines from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Screening decisions should always be shared between the patient and medical professionals, based on the patient's health, priorities and preferences, ACOG said.
Beacon Children's Hospital in South Bend, Ind., is among the hospitals changing how NICU care is provided so premature infants can benefit from more close physical contact with their parents. Beacon designed its NICU so families can stay together in private rooms and clinicians can coach parents on caring for their infants.
Health care organizations in Virginia launched the Virginia Neonatal Perinatal Collaborative to address neonatal abstinence syndrome and the opioid crisis. The collaborative will work toward passage of laws that give providers and health care facilities greater resources to treat mothers and newborns with NAS.
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.
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