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November 15, 2012
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News for Neonatal Care Professionals

  Neonatal Care 
  • Premature birth rate in U.S. hits lowest mark in a decade
    The percentage of babies born prematurely dropped for a fifth consecutive year in 2011 to 11.7%, the lowest rate in 10 years, according to the annual March of Dimes report card. Although the premature birth rates in 45 states improved between 2009 and 2011, only four states received an "A" grade. Overall, the country still got a "C" grade from March of Dimes. HealthDay News (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Massage therapy may help strengthen preemies' immune systems
    Immune cells in premature babies who received gentle massage had better killing ability than in babies who had not received massage therapy, a study in the journal Pediatrics found. The babies in the massage group also gained more weight than the control group, though both groups had similar rates of infection and lengths of hospital stay. Although it remains unclear how massage boosts the immune system, the findings suggest that stress inhibits the activity of natural killer cells. (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Surgical team successfully separates conjoined twins
    A team at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, including plastic and reconstructive surgeons, separated 8-month-old girls connected at the lower chest and abdomen. Allison June and Amelia Lee Tucker of New York were in the NICU after surgery and both were expected "to live full, healthy and independent lives," according to the leader of their surgical team. The Baltimore Sun/Los Angeles Times (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Practice 
  • Representatives urge renewal of PREEMIE Act
    Reauthorization of the PREEMIE Act is something members of Congress should be able to agree upon easily and a vote should happen soon, write U.S. Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and Leonard Lance, R-N.J. A reauthorization of the 2006 Act would support federal research and community initiatives aimed at reducing the rate of premature birth. (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Longer shifts affect patient and nurse satisfaction, study finds
    Nurses who worked for 10 hours or more per shift were at 2.5 times greater risk of experiencing burnout and job dissatisfaction compared with those with shorter shifts, according to a University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing study published in Health Affairs. As the number of nurses working more than 13 hours increased, more patients were left dissatisfied with the care they received. (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technology 
  • Prenatal stress may make children vulnerable to bullying
    Stress levels and mental health problems faced by women while pregnant raised their children's odds of becoming victims of bullying later, according to a study in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Feeling stressed during pregnancy can change the stress response system of babies, researchers said. Medical News Today (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NANN News 
  • Newborn Pain Assessment and Management
    The third edition of the Newborn Pain Assessment and Management: Guideline for Practice offers recommendations and rationale for infant nursing care. The guideline reflects the best evidence available on assessment and management of pain in hospitalized preterm and full-term newborns. This guideline provides a foundation for specific nursing protocols, policies, and procedures. Purchase your guideline here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NANN Group Membership Discounts Available for New Members
    NANN's group membership plan is designed so that your facility can make membership available to every one of your neonatal nurses. Download and hang this poster in your unit to help spread the word about the value of NANN membership to your unit, your hospital and your colleagues. Call (800) 451-3795 for details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SmartBrief will not publish on Thanksgiving
    In observance of Thanksgiving in the U.S., NANN SmartBrief will not be published Thursday, Nov. 22, and it will return the following week. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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