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1. Guidelines address when newborns are ready for hospital discharge

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | May 04, 2015

Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics say there can be wide variation in newborn infants' readiness to be released from the hospital and multiple issues for health care professionals to consider. The report, published in the journal Pediatrics, also lists criteria to determine when mothers are ready to care for their babies and themselves at home. HealthDay News (04/27)


2. Planning to attend the AWHONN convention? A few things to know before you go ...

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | May 04, 2015

If you are an NCC-certified nurse or nurse practitioner and plan to attend the AWHONN convention, here are a few things that you should know before you go. Read more. Blank (05/03)


3. Nurse staffing bill is introduced in Congress

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | May 04, 2015

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Reps. David Joyce, R-Ohio, and Lois Capps, D-Calif., have proposed legislation that would require hospitals to develop staffing plans for nurses. The Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2015 also includes the creation of a staffing committee whose members include a majority of direct-care nurses. KTVZ-TV (Bend, Ore.) (04/29)


4. Studies support planned cesarean for breech birth presentation

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | May 04, 2015

Data from 52,671 cases of breech birth showed planned cesarean delivery led to fewer adverse events than vaginal delivery or labor and cesarean delivery, researchers reported in Obstetrics & Gynecology. An additional report analyzing results from several studies also supported use of planned cesarean delivery for women with a breech presentation. Medscape (free registration) (04/17)


5. NICUs see increase in infant admissions for neonatal abstinence syndrome

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | May 04, 2015

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found an almost fourfold increase in the number of infants admitted to neonatal intensive care units for treatment of neonatal abstinence syndrome in the U.S. from 2004 to 2013. HealthDay News (04/27)


6. Webinar: "Grandfathering, Endorsement, and Other New 'Rules' for APRNs"

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | May 04, 2015

The National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners is sponsoring a free webinar, "Grandfathering, Endorsement and Other New 'Rules' for APRNs." This one-hour event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 13. Find additional information. Blank (05/03)


7. Studies support more parent involvement in NICU baby care

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | May 04, 2015

International study data show better outcomes when parents care for their newborns in the NICU, and researchers suggest the physical contact may help a baby's developing immune system. The University of California at San Francisco has applied for an NIH grant to study the Family Integrated Care approach. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (04/13)


8. Induced labor may lower injury risks during delivery of large babies

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | May 04, 2015

European researchers said a trial found women pregnant with particularly large babies who undergo labor induction at 37 to 38 weeks had lower rates of shoulder dystocia during delivery. In the study, reported in The Lancet, shoulder dystocia was reported in 2% of infants in the assigned-induction group and 6% in the monitoring group. Reuters (04/22)


9. Miscarriage, preterm delivery more likely with celiac disease

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | May 04, 2015

Researchers looked at 970 women and found that those with celiac disease were more likely to miscarry and deliver prematurely than those without celiac disease. The findings, published in the Annals of Gastroenterology, suggest women who experience miscarriages or preterm deliveries should be tested for celiac disease, the lead researcher said. Reuters (04/16)


10. Study examines antibiotic use in Calif. NICUs

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | May 04, 2015

Researchers looked at more than 52,000 infants in 127 neonatal intensive care units in California and found that about half of NICUs gave antibiotics to newborns for less than 25% of patient-days, while half administered on more than 25% of patient-days. The findings, published in Pediatrics, showed that antibiotic use does not correlate with infection rates, surgical cases or infant deaths, which researchers said indicates they may be overused. HealthDay News (04/20)




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