Case study: Propranolol may protect against infantile hemangiomas | Kidney disease during pregnancy may lead to complications | Report: Water, sanitation can avert 1 in 5 neonatal deaths
 
 
March 19, 2015
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Case study: Propranolol may protect against infantile hemangiomas
A report published in the journal Pediatrics described the case of a male infant with a heart problem who was treated with propranolol immediately after birth. The patient developed multifocal infantile hemangiomas a week after stopping the propranolol treatment around 7 months old, but his lesions lessened or disappeared completely upon resuming treatment at lower doses. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (3/16)
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Kidney disease during pregnancy may lead to complications
Pregnant women diagnosed with chronic kidney disease were more likely to have high blood pressure levels and require preterm delivery than women without kidney disorders, Italian researchers found. The study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology also found that kidney problems during pregnancy were associated with an increased need for neonatal intensive care. HealthDay News (3/12)
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Report: Water, sanitation can avert 1 in 5 neonatal deaths
A WaterAid report found that half a million newborns die each year due to a lack of clean water and basic sanitation. Being washed with clean water and cared for in a sanitary environment by people who washed their hands could have prevented 1 in 5 newborn deaths in developing countries. A United Nations report found that 38% of clinics and hospitals in 54 nations lack access to clean water. Reuters (3/17), Bloomberg (3/17)
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Calif. study points to 5 top causes of maternal mortality
Cardiovascular disease, preeclampsia and eclampsia, hemorrhage, venous thromboembolism and amniotic fluid embolism are the main reasons for maternal mortality in California and up to 70% of cases may be preventable, researchers reported in of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The study found variances within the main causes related to factors such as race, age, BMI and delivery method. Medscape (free registration) (3/12)
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Hospital NICUs offer donated breast milk for preemies
Some hospital NICUs are offering to provide donated breast milk for premature infants, as an alternative to formula, when mothers are not able to produce milk. Dr. Martha Caprio of NYU Langone Medical Center said maternal milk can improve outcomes for low birth weight babies. Daily News (New York) (3/16)
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Recognize your colleagues
Each year NANN recognizes individuals in the neonatal nursing profession who have inspired, mentored, and provided the best patient care. It is now time for you to help NANN honor those individuals. Please take time to nominate a deserving colleague, mentor, or chapter for a 2015 annual award. Submit your nomination for one or more of the following awards: Robyn Main Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, Navigator Award, Leadership Award, and the NNP Excellence Award. NANN will also recognize chapters who have made exceptional achievements in the areas of advocacy (new this year), communication, community service, education, fundraising, and membership. Recipients will be recognized at the 2015 Annual Educational Conference in October. Nominations are due Friday, May 1. Learn more.
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RN staffing in the NICU
NANN recently released the new RN Staffing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit position statement, which is an update to the 2008 statement, Minimum Staffing in NICUs. The new statement recommends that subspecialty neonatal intensive care units be staffed with a sufficient number, and an appropriate mix, of qualified registered nurses to attend to the emergent and complex care requirements of critically ill and convalescent infants. Read now.
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Correction
A headline in the March 5 edition of NANN SmartBrief misidentified the nation where a study was conducted on recommendations for induced labor. The study was based on an analysis of patients in Denmark. SmartBrief regrets the error.
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