Data support use of high-flow nasal cannula in preemies | Mortality rate among U.K. young children remains high, study finds | NICU team performance affected by exposure to rudeness, study finds
August 20, 2015
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Data support use of high-flow nasal cannula in preemies
Research published in Pediatrics found using high-flow nasal cannula therapy in preterm infants is safe and effective, compared with other noninvasive ventilation methods, and reduces the risk of nasal trauma. U.K. researchers analyzed multiple studies and urged caution in using the therapy in extremely preterm infants because of a lack of data. Medscape (free registration) (8/17)
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Mortality rate among U.K. young children remains high, study finds
A study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood revealed that the death rate among preschool children in the U.K. was 614 for every 100,000, compared with 328 in Sweden. The findings, based on national data collated from 2006 to 2008, showed premature birth, congenital abnormalities and infections were the primary causes of deaths in the U.K. The Guardian (London) (8/13)
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NICU team performance affected by exposure to rudeness, study finds
A study in Pediatrics found 12% of the variance in diagnostic and procedural performance scores for NICU teams doing simulation training could be attributed to exposure to rudeness, compared with a control group. "Information-sharing mediated the adverse effect of rudeness on diagnostic performance, and help-seeking mediated the effect of rudeness on procedural performance," the researchers said. News (8/13)
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Cuddlers comfort infants in Ind. NICU
More than a dozen trained volunteers cuddle infants in the NICU at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. "I couldn't bear to listen to a baby crying and not have anyone be there," said former NICU nurse Sindee Fry, who was an early volunteer with the program. The Republic (Columbus, Ind.)/The Associated Press (8/20)
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Treating sick babies made me a better CEO, says Shire chief
Dealing with a row of critically ill babies, each born prematurely and demanding constant attention, for up to 12 hours a day is a punishing but effective way to learn the art of staying focused, says Dr. Flemming Ornskov, a former neonatal doctor who runs biopharmaceutical company Shire. "That training and that focus has been with me throughout my career," he says. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (8/15)
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Study: Routine screening, treatment unnecessary for asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnancy
Researchers from the Netherlands said treating asymptomatic bacteriuria with antibiotics may reduce pyelonephritis risks but that is not sufficient to warrant routine screening and treatment in low-risk women. The study in The Lancet Infectious Diseases found asymptomatic bacteriuria does not increase the likelihood of preterm birth or growth restriction in low-risk pregnant women. Medscape (free registration) (8/17)
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