Nurse staffing linked to infection rates in NICUs | Study assesses impact of pacifiers on infant feeding patterns | Mo., Ill. could mandate pulse ox tests for newborns
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March 21, 2013
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Nurse staffing linked to infection rates in NICUs
Thirty-two percent of more than 11,000 very low birth weight babies in neonatal intensive care units were understaffed with nurses, a study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics showed. Researchers noted a higher risk of infection among VLBW babies with increased levels of nurse understaffing. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (3/18)
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Study assesses impact of pacifiers on infant feeding patterns
Restricting the use of pacifiers in hospitals was linked to decreased exclusive breast-feeding and higher rates of exclusive and supplemental formula feeding, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers monitored 2,249 babies born either before or after the implementation of the pacifier restriction policy and found no substantial differences for birth weight, delivery method, gender and duration of hospital stay. (3/17)
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Health Policy & Practice
Mo., Ill. could mandate pulse ox tests for newborns
Lawmakers in Missouri and Illinois are considering proposals to require neonatal pulse oximetry screening to detect congenital heart problems. A busy neonatal unit might find two heart problems a year using the test, according to the head of cardiology at St. Louis Children's Hospital. When defects go undetected, children can end up in emergency departments with organ damage. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (3/14)
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Prenatal vitamin D not tied to bone mineral content in children
Data on 3,960 mother-child pairs showed no substantial association between prenatal 25-hydroxyvitamin D level and offspring bone mineral content at ages 9 and 10. Researchers said the study shows no strong evidence that pregnant women should take vitamin D supplements to reduce the risk of low bone mineral content but cautioned that the "results should not be interpreted as suggesting that individual 25(OH)D concentrations are not an important determinant of bone health." The study was published in The Lancet. News (3/19)
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Sinovac's HFMD vaccine hits primary goal in trial
A late-stage study showed that 95.4% of infants who received Sinovac Biotech's investigational hand, foot and mouth disease vaccine demonstrated immune response to the infection. The vaccine was tested in 10,000 healthy infants. The vaccine is expected to be launched in China next year. Reuters (3/14)
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Arup signs marketing deal with Natera for prenatal assay
Natera has agreed to allow Arup Laboratories to offer its Panorama test for noninvasive prenatal screening. The assay, which was released in February, has been shown in clinical trials to have a sensitivity of 92% in detecting the monosomy X chromosome and higher than 99% in identifying the presence of trisomy 13, 18 and 21. GenomeWeb Daily News (free registration) (3/18)
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Become a Neonatal Developmental Care Specialist today
NANN recognizes the importance members place on developmental care within the NICU to provide optimal patient care. If you are a neonatal nurse, therapist or clinician with developmental care experience, you can become a Neonatal Development Care Specialist. This designation offers those with developmental care experience an opportunity to apply and assess their knowledge through the completion of a 100-item online exam. The newly updated exam includes both cognitive assessment questions and scenario-based cases. The Specialist designation is valid for two years. If you currently hold the Specialist designation and your two years are up, you can renew now. This designation is only offered by NANN. Learn more.
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Are you interested in becoming a Neonatal Development Care Specialist and need more preparation?
NANN offers two products that will help you prepare to earn the Neonatal Development Care Specialist designation. The book "Developmental Care of Newborns and Infants: A Guide for Health Professionals" provides you with evidence-based guidelines for caring for your patients and their families from birth through patient discharge. You can also enhance your development care studies with the online Developmental Care CNE learning modules. Each module focuses on one aspect of developmental care with a brief overview and case study. Earn up to 38.0 CNE contact hours with all 27 modules or purchase individual modules. Prepare now for your Specialist designation. Learn more.
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Neonatal Nurse Practitioner OpportunityEssentia HealthDuluth, MN
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NNPOptimus AssociatesChicagoland Area, IL
Registered Nurse - NICUCommunity Regional Medical CenterFresno, CA
Experienced Neonatal ICU Nurses NeededOregon Health & Science UniversityPortland, OR
Neonatal Nurse PractitionerFairfax Neonatal Associates, PCFairfax and Leesburg, VA
Dean - Social Sciences and HumanitiesNortheastern UniversityBoston, MA
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