Breast milk for NICUs should be donated, say nonprofit groups | Levels of fatty acic in meconium tied to later cognitive development | Commonly assigned placeholder names for babies tied to medical errors, study finds
July 16, 2015
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Breast milk for NICUs should be donated, say nonprofit groups
Nonprofit and for-profit organizations are vying to become the go-to suppliers of breast milk to neonatal intensive care units. Nonprofit breast milk banks contend that breast milk should be donated -- not purchased. The result will likely depend on which sector can process the safest milk for premature babies. The Oregonian (Portland)/The Associated Press (7/8)
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Levels of fatty acic in meconium tied to later cognitive development
Researchers analyzed the meconium, or first stool, of 216 babies for levels of fatty acid ethyl ester and found that those with high FAEE levels at birth had lower scores on intelligence tests at age 9, 11 and 15. The researchers, reporting in the Journal of Pediatrics, said that high levels of FAEE in the meconium resulted from the mother's alcohol use during pregnancy and could indicate that a child is at risk for cognitive difficulties later in life. (7/14)
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Vermont Oxford Network Annual Quality Congress
Join the dynamic neonatal community of practice in Chicago, October 3 & 4 for an unrivaled opportunity for learning and networking. This important meeting offers a unique combination of emerging science and 32 + discipline-specific breakout sessions presented by experts from around the world. Learn more and register.
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Commonly assigned placeholder names for babies tied to medical errors, study finds
Montefiore Medical Center in New York saw a 36.3% reduction in the frequency of incorrect patient orders for unnamed-at-birth newborns a year after researchers implemented a standard system of assigning temporary names, according to a study in Pediatrics. Researchers said more medical errors, especially for children that require intensive care, can result from using "babygirl" or "babyboy" placeholder names on a child's birth certificate. (7/13)
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Study finds average hospital costs for birth vary by $10K
4-day-old baby.
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Average maternity care costs for a hospital birth range from $1,189 to $11,986, according to 2011 figures from 463 hospitals in a study reported in Health Affairs. Costs tended to be higher among hospitals with higher rates of complications or cesarean deliveries. Researchers suggest that improving hospital practices, such as increasing care coordination and reducing cesarean deliveries, may help cut costs. HealthDay News (7/10)
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Obese women may not avoid gestational diabetes through diet, exercise
A U.K. study in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology revealed a similar incidence of gestational diabetes between obese pregnant women who were assigned to standard antenatal care and those in a behavioral intervention, which involved a diet and exercise regimen plus standard care. However, researchers found that women in the intervention group had better secondary outcomes, such as increased physical activity, reduced glycemic load and less weight gain during their pregnancy. Data also showed the groups had similar incidence of giving birth to babies large for gestational age. Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (7/14)
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International survey examines prevalence of alcohol consumption during pregnancy
Alcohol use during pregnancy was prevalent in 20% to 80% of women in Ireland and in more than 40% of women in Australia, New Zealand and the U.K., according to a survey published in BMJ Open. Researchers also found that women who smoked were 17% more likely to drink during pregnancy. Medical News Today (7/7)
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Submit your neonatal nursing photo
Celebrate neonatal nursing by participating in the 2015 Faces of Neonatal Nursing photo contest! Submit a photo and a short description that portrays the faces of neonatal nursing and could represent nurses, parents and family, and infants. The winning photo will be determined at this year's conference. The winner will receive complimentary registration for the 2016 Annual Educational Conference. Submissions are due by Monday, Aug. 3. Learn more.
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Learn about growth and development beyond the NICU
Join your colleagues at NANN's 2015 Annual Educational Conference in Dallas, Oct. 22-25, where you can learn about latest in neonatal nursing care -- including growth and development beyond the NICU. "NICU Graduates: A Review of Growth and Development Beyond the NICU" is ideal for nursing graduates and NNPs whose current or future professional practice includes high-risk infant follow-up or a medical home for vulnerable infants. Valerie Willis, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, PNP-BC, will discuss the NNP role in comprehensive care coordination, family support and essential education during the first three years of life. This interprofessional session is a collaboration between NANN and NAPNAP. Attendees can earn up to 23.5 CNE contact hours and 7.5 pharmacology hours. Learn more.
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