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September 18, 2014
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Prenatal use of magnesium sulfate has no lasting impact on preemies' development
Exposure to magnesium sulfate during pregnancy had no impact on premature infants' growth, behavior and brain functioning at ages 6 to 11, according to a study from Australia and New Zealand published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, use of the drug can still curb the odds of cerebral palsy, the researchers said. (9/16)
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Study: Multiple births come with more complications, costs
Hospital costs from birth to age 5 were almost $9,000 for twins and $24,411 for higher-order multiples, compared with $2,730 for singletons, according to an Australian report released in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. The odds of still births and infant deaths were higher among multiples, particularly higher-order multiples, than singletons. HealthDay News (9/15)
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Adverse Effects of Tobacco Use During Pregnancy
Research has demonstrated the potential for harm to newborns resulting from smoking during pregnancy, including premature birth, certain birth defects, and infant mortality. Problems with the placenta can occur from smoking during pregnancy, potentially restricting the oxygen and food a baby needs during gestation. Learn more here.
Health Policy & Practice
Taking children to adult trauma centers may delay care, report says
Florida paramedics who take pediatric trauma patients to an adult trauma facility because it is closest may put young patients at risk, according to a Tampa Bay Times investigation. The report said adult trauma centers may not have the equipment to treat pediatric patients and delays occur when children have to be re-transferred to a pediatric trauma unit. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (9/12)
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Fewer children worldwide are dying before age 5
The mortality rate among children younger than age 5 across the world fell by almost 50% between 1990 and 2013, the United Nations said Tuesday. The decline was attributed in part to better prenatal care and initiatives against the spread of infectious diseases in impoverished countries. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/16)
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Trends & Technology
Most nurses use mobile devices for work, survey finds
Nearly two-thirds of over 5,000 nurses surveyed by Lippincott Solutions reported using mobile devices for their jobs. A fifth of the respondents used mobile devices for more than two hours daily for work, and 73% said their employers don't allow contact with patients over social media. (9/12)
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Study looks at frequency of ED visits among pediatric patients
A retrospective study of more than 3 million pediatric visits to 37 emergency departments in 2011 found that 8% of young patients with at least four trips to the ED accounted for 24% of all visits and 31% of all costs. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. News (9/16)
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Register now for NANN's next pharmacology webinar!
National drug shortages have become a critical issue effecting patient care in the NICU. NANN's next pharmacology webinar will focus on this issue. Registration is now open for "National Drug Shortage Issues," on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m. (CST). This webinar will be presented by Katie Malin, APNP NNP-BC, and Tamara Wallce, DNP RN NNP-BC. Attendees will learn the causes and contributing factors to current drug shortages, describe the impact on NICU patients, and discuss possible solutions. Webinar attendees will receive 1 CNE contact hour and 1 Pharmacology hour. If you are unable to attend the live event, purchase the recorded version after the event. NANN's pharmacology webinar series is designed for neonatal nurses who would like to enhance their pharmacology education or are in need of pharmacology hours. Register now.
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