The survival rate among extremely preterm infants increased from 30% in 2000 to 36% in 2011, and the rate of those who didn't develop neurological impairments at ages 18 months to 22 months rose from 16% to 20% over the same period, according to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers said survival improvements may be tied to wider steroid use among mothers and lower infection rates.
One lot of Ibuprofen Lysine Injection, which is indicated to close a clinically significant patent ductus arteriosus in a specific population of premature infants, has been voluntarily recalled by Exela Pharma Sciences and X-Gen Pharmaceuticals due to the presence of foreign matter in the vials. The recalled products are packed in 2-mL single-dose vials in three-count cartons, have the lot number PLND1613, the National Drug Code 39822-1030-2 and an expiration date of February 2018.
Seventy-nine of 81 surveyed nurseries across the US said they most commonly used obstetric chorioamnionitis diagnosis to identify the risk of early-onset sepsis in newborns, 51 of which implemented clinical care guidelines from the CDC or the American Academy of Pediatrics. The findings in Pediatrics also showed that 95% of sites required some degree of mother-infant separation during EOS evaluation and 40% of sites required separation for the entirety of antibiotic therapy.
A bill in the Nebraska Legislature would require the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to create a list of perinatal hospice services for families facing the birth of a child with abnormalities or other medical conditions that make long-term survival unlikely.
Golisano Children's Hospital in Florida gives NICU staff secure smartphones linked to medical monitoring devices to make is easier to communicate and coordinate care, which will be important when they move to a new hospital tower this spring with all private rooms. NICU nurse Emily Underwood says the phones are needed when there are multiple critically ill infants to monitor.
The Zika virus was not present in men's semen for more than three months in 95% of samples studied, CDC researchers reported in The New England Journal of Medicine. Investigators followed Zika virus levels in 55 men and 91 women from Puerto Rico, and found that the virus was gone from semen after 81 days in most men, and minimal viral presence was found in vaginal secretions and saliva, although it sometimes lingered for several weeks in urine and blood.
Nominate your colleagues and help NANN celebrate their valuable contributions to neonatal nursing! NANN offers awards such as the Robyn Main Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, NNP Excellence Award, Chapter of the Year Award, and many more. Review the online application for each award to learn more. Nominations are due May 1.
The Small Grants Mentee/Mentor Program is now accepting applications from NANN members interested in developing their research skills and/or initiating their own research study or evidence-based practice (EBP) project. Submit your grant application before the deadline on Friday, March 31, 2017, 3:59 p.m. CST.