Survey examines caregivers' knowledge about infant sleep safety | Complex heart surgery may up newborn's risk of disability | Study finds link between antidepressants and postpartum bleeding, anemia
September 24, 2015
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Survey examines caregivers' knowledge about infant sleep safety
Sixty-two percent of 121 caregivers, including parents and grandparents, who were surveyed believed in swaddling infants, which could increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, and 53% disagreed with the use of pacifiers, which is tied to a lower SIDS risk, researchers reported in the Journal of Perinatology. The study found 61% of participants said a health care professional had given them instructions about sleep safety. Reuters (9/18)
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Complex heart surgery may up newborn's risk of disability
Canadian researchers found 10% of children who needed more than one complex heart surgery when they were 6 weeks old or younger had a neurological or motor disability at age 4.5, compared with just over 4% of children who had one procedure. The findings in Pediatrics, based on over 500 children, showed 72% of those with a disability had partial weakness or paralysis on half of their body and 80% had a type of cerebral palsy. However, researchers said about one-third of the disabilities were caused by something that occurred before any heart surgery took place. HealthDay News (9/21)
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Health Policy & Practice
Study finds link between antidepressants and postpartum bleeding, anemia
Pregnant women who used antidepressants in late gestation had higher rates of postpartum hemorrhage and postpartum anemia than other women, according to a retrospective study of 30,198 women who delivered from 2002 to 2008. The findings were reported in the BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 2 Minute Medicine (9/20)
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Study: Use lower glucose limits for gestational diabetes in South Asians
A UK study revealed the prevalence of gestational diabetes was 4% to 24% in South Asian women, compared with 1.2% to 8.7% in white British women, depending on the fasting glucose thresholds used as cutoffs, researchers reported in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. The findings, based on 10,353 eligible pregnancies, suggest lowering glucose thresholds to identify women whose infants are at the greatest risk of obesity and cardiometabolic disease later in life. Medscape (free registration) (9/21)
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Trends & Technology
Ultrasound "fade" correlates with preterm delivery in study
Ultrasound fade, or signal attenuation, was associated with preterm delivery in a study of 67 pregnancies, according to a study in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. Ultrasound attenuation changes were present at 17 to 21 weeks of pregnancy in women who went on to deliver early. Tissue changes in the cervix as the body prepared for delivery may affect the ultrasound signal, a researcher said. (free registration) (9/21)
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Univ. of Calif., Kaiser to use analytics to study cerebral palsy risk
The University of California at San Francisco is conducting a study with Kaiser Permanente to explore whether assessing uterine contraction patterns and fetal heart rate during labor could be used to determine a fetus' risk for neonatal encephalopathy. Researchers will use a pattern recognition solution developed by PeriGen to examine previously collected electronic fetal monitoring tracings. Data will then be leveraged to assess a fetus' distress and determine patterns that could be linked to cerebral palsy. Health Data Management (9/17)
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New CNE modules coming this fall!
  • The Management of Human Milk in the NICU, written by Heather Goodall, MSN RNC-NIC IBCLC and Sandra Sundquist Beauman, MSN RNC-NIC. They will discuss specific evidence-based recommendations for the storage and handling of human milk, both a mother's and pasteurized donor milk. Best practices and risks will be discussed to ensure the correct mother's milk is provided to the correct infant.
  • Improving Outcomes with Colostrum & Human Milk -- Evidence to Guide Practice, written by Lori Jean Wood, MSN CNS RNC-NIC IBCLC. She will describe the protective components of colostrum; verbalize the role of colostrum in initiating both passive and active immunity in the neonate. Participants will understand the role of oligosaccharides and commensal bacteria, and the detrimental effects of formula and the dose amount of breastmilk received in relation to the benefits gained.
For more information on CNENow!, visit our website.
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The NICU parents need
The relationship you have with your patient's family is vital. Learn how you can support and care for the NICU parent at this year's annual conference. Keira Sorrells will discuss how psychosocial support and care interactions can be individually tailored; identify the psychosocial issues that NICU parents confront; and learn recommended methods of support for these parents available to NICU nurses. You will leave this session and conference with the tools to make a change when you return home. NANN will see you in in Dallas, Oct. 22-25. Learn more.
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