NICU naming system reduces errors in EMR data | Zinc linked to fewer respiratory infections in infants | Pneumococcal vaccine protects children from antibiotic-resistant infections
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October 16, 2014
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NICU naming system reduces errors in EMR data
Creating an identification system for yet-to-be-named neonates helped one NICU reduce errors when clinical orders were entered into an EMR system, researchers from Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y., told the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting. Dr. Jason Adelman said a survey of more than 300 NICUs found more than 80% used BabyBoy, BabyGirl or BB/BG for unnamed infants, which increases the risk of mix-ups in patient charts. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/13)
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Zinc linked to fewer respiratory infections in infants
Researchers studied 272 infants in New Delhi and found that short-course prophylactic zinc supplementation was associated with lower rates and shorter duration of acute respiratory infections compared with a placebo. The findings were presented at a meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Healio (free registration)/Infectious Diseases in Children (10/12)
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Incorrect use of infant car seats is common among new parents
Almost 80% of 267 new parents said they were somewhat or very confident that they installed infant car seats correctly, but 95% of them made at least one critical error, according to a study presented at the AAP conference. Loose harness was the most common mistake, followed by loose installed seats and incorrect angling. (10/10)
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Prepregnancy intake of fried foods may raise gestational diabetes risk
Women who ate fried foods at least seven times a week before pregnancy were 88% more likely to develop gestational diabetes than those who consumed such foods less than once a week, according to a study in Diabetologia. Researchers also noted higher disease odds in those who ate fried foods prepared outside of the home compared with those who consumed home-cooked versions. (10/8)
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Many sudden infant deaths happen while sleeping on sofas
Nearly 1,024 of all sleep-related infant deaths across 24 states -- almost 13% -- from 2004 to 2012 took place on a sofa, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. Almost 75% of these deaths involved babies aged 3 months or younger, researchers said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/13), Science World Report (10/13)
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Study rejects link between early epidural use, childbirth complications
Researchers reviewed nine studies involving more than 15,000 first-time mothers and found that early use of epidurals during childbirth does not appear to raise the risk of delivery complications compared with later use. The study, published in The Cochrane Library, suggests the right time to give an epidural during labor is when the woman asks for pain relief, researchers said. HealthDay News (10/9)
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Antibiotic stewardship programs reduce children's hospital stays, readmission rates
Adherence to stricter antibiotic use protocols was associated with shorter hospital stays and fewer readmissions among pediatric patients without complex chronic conditions, according to a study presented at the IDWeek conference. "What we found was that kids were being taken off unnecessary antibiotics sooner and in a safe manner," lead author Dr. Jason Newland said. HealthDay News (10/9)
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Ensure a safe evacuation of the children in your care amid disaster. WEEVAC 6 is the only stretcher in the world designed to carry up to six bundled babies to safety, with pockets that are adjustable from premature to full term infants. Watch this video to learn how you can safely and quickly evacuate the children in your care.
Submit your abstract for NANN's 10th Annual Research Summit
Research abstracts are currently being accepted for NANN's 10th Annual Research Summit. NANN's Research Summit provides a platform for individuals to present findings from their research and evidence-based practice projects. Supported by Mead Johnson Nutrition, the objective of the summit is to emphasize the fostering research effort of NANN's newest neonatal investigators as a means to grow and sustain the body of knowledge that helps guide nursing care for neonates and their families. The summit will be held in Scottsdale, Ariz., March 24 to 26. The deadline to submit your abstract online is Sunday, Oct. 26. Learn more.
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