Nurses create evidence-based protocol for infant end-of-life interventions | Breast milk supplies 30% of beneficial intestinal bacteria | Infants with NAS may benefit from buprenorphine
May 11, 2017
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Nurses create evidence-based protocol for infant end-of-life interventions
Nurse researchers who developed an evidence-based protocol for nursing interventions to support families before and after an infant's death presented their pilot project at the 2017 Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress. Nurses said the preliminary response to the initiative has been positive and they plan to follow up with family members.
Oncology Nurse Advisor online (5/5) 
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Breast milk supplies 30% of beneficial intestinal bacteria
A study of 107 mother-infant pairs found that breast milk is the source of nearly 30% of beneficial intestinal bacteria. Another 10% comes through skin contact during breast-feeding, according to the study in JAMA Pediatrics.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (5/8) 
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Advance Your Nursing Career at Concordia
Nurses who continue their education are prepared to meet the challenges of today's changing health care system. The online RN to B.S. in Nursing program at Concordia University, St. Paul provides the relevant skills you need for ongoing success. Learn More.
Health Policy & Practice
Study supports vaginal birth of twins in some cases
A population-based French study associated vaginal delivery of twins with a lower risk of neonatal morbidity and mortality when the first twin is in a cephalic position, compared with cesarean delivery. Researchers wrote in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology that a planned vaginal birth should be recommended for these women from 32 and 37 weeks of gestation.
Medscape (free registration) (5/9) 
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Pregnant women in the US may have lower-than-expected Zika risk
A study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology found that 1 of 185 pregnant women at a Los Angeles clinic who traveled to areas with active Zika transmission last year developed Zika-related infection. Researchers reported the baby tested negative for the Zika virus and didn't show any Zika-related birth defects at age 3 months.
HealthDay News (5/9) 
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Trends & Technology
Brain scans may help show if infants are in pain, study says
UK researchers said they found a pain-related brain wave signal that may be used to measure how infants respond to analgesics, according to a report in Science Translational Medicine. The study, which used electroencephalography to record brain wave patterns of preterm and full-term infants, showed painless and mildly painful procedures led to different brain-wave patterns.
Scientific American online (5/4) 
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Triplets undergo surgery for craniosynostosis
A set of triplets is recovering from endoscopic surgery performed in January for craniosynostosis. The procedure was shorter than open-skull surgery, and the infants' recovery time is likely to be shorter as well, lead surgeon David Chesler said.
ABC News (5/2) 
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Call for volunteers now open!
The 2017 Call for Volunteers opens May 5 and closes June 9. For more information about the opportunities available, please see the openings and consider getting involved with NANN!
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Happy Nurses Week from NANN!
National Nurses Week is an opportunity to recognize the amazingly talented and caring nurses all over the world. This week, NANN celebrates neonatal nurses like you, and shares our gratitude for the care you provide every day! Thank you for your daily dedication to your neonatal nursing profession, your patients, and their families! Enjoy YOUR week!
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