Parental rudeness may compromise NICU care, study finds | Many breast-fed infants may get insufficient vitamin D, survey finds | USPSTF: Childbearing-age women should take folic acid to curb birth defects
NICU medical teams who were treated rudely by mothers in simulated emergency situations performed worse in diagnosing medical conditions, creating treatment plans, and sharing information and workload, compared with situations in which mothers made neutral remarks, according to a study in Pediatrics. The findings also showed better coping with the rude remarks among medical teams that first participated in computer game exercises to help them cope with rudeness, compared with those who underwent a discussion-based intervention.
Researchers surveyed 184 breast-feeding mothers and found that 55% gave vitamin D drops to their babies but only 42% overall gave the recommended daily intake of 400 IU. The findings in the Annals of Family Medicine also showed that 90% said they would prefer taking vitamin D supplements themselves instead of giving drops to their babies.
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The US Preventive Services Task Force has reiterated 2009 guidance recommending that all women of childbearing age take 400 to 800 micrograms of folic acid supplements daily to reduce the risk of neural-tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly. The recommendations were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
A study in the journal Sleep found pregnant women who got less than six hours of sleep per night had a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes, compared with those who got seven to eight hours of sleep. The findings were based on glucose levels of 686 women in Singapore at 26 to 28 weeks of gestation.
The prevalence of scanned milk administration errors in a NICU setting dropped from 97.1 per 1,000 bottles in 2009 to 10.8 in 2015 after the implementation of a quality improvement intervention, while the number of expired milk error scans declined from 84 per 1,000 bottles to 8.9 during the same period. The findings in Pediatrics showed initiatives such as bedside scanner installation and a dedicated milk handling staff likely had the biggest impact.
Sentara Healthcare, based in Norfolk, Va., has expanded intensive care telehealth services at four regional hospitals. Projects included adding a virtual visitation service in the NICU at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach, Va., and expanding the eICU at Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk, Va.
NANN is thrilled to partner with Pampers for their second annual Thank You Nurses Awards! Do you know a neonatal nurse who consistently goes above and beyond to ensure the best care for neonates and families? Say "thank you" by submitting your nomination today. Nominate a nurse now through Jan. 27, 2017.