Monthly Archives: October 2012

Opioids and Cerebral Development in the Newborn

An extremely interesting “ratling” study from the latest “Neonatology” (Dührsen L, Simons SHP, Dzietko M, Genz K, Bendix I, Boos V, Sifringer M, Tibboel D, Felderhoff-Mueser U: Effects of repetitive exposure to pain and morphine treatment on the neonatal rat … Continue reading

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The Preemie Toolkit

If you haven’t seen this and you are involved in NICU and/or follow up, I think this could be a very valuable resource. The preemie toolkit is a series of forms and web links for professionals and families designed to … Continue reading

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Chloride is toxic

I think we have given too little attention to the nature of the crystalloid solutions we use. Not just in neonatology, but apparently in the adult ICU also,  (Yunos NM, Bellomo R, Hegarty C, Story D, Ho L, Bailey M: Association between … Continue reading

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Abort all the bankers!

I just heard a great quote from Francesca Martinez on the BBC News Quiz. Francesca Martinez is a stand up comic with a disability (she is often a sit-down comic in fact as you can see here), she is very … Continue reading

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Weekly Updates #12

Welzing L, Oberthuer A, Junghaenel S, Harnischmacher U, Stützer H, Roth B: Remifentanil/midazolam versus fentanyl/midazolam for analgesia and sedation of mechanically ventilated neonates and young infants: a randomized controlled trial. Intensive Care Medicine 2012, 38(6):1017-1024. A small RCT (n=23) comparing … Continue reading

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Glutamine supplementation, just when you thought it was solved…

Glutamine is one of the most abundant amino acids in our bodies, but there is relatively little in TPN as it is poorly soluble. During the first few days of limited enteral nutrition preterm babies receive little glutamine from any … Continue reading

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Tocolytics and Network meta-analysis

What do you do if you want to know what is the best treatment for a condition, and treatment A and treatment B have both been compared to placebo, but have never been compared to each other in RCTs? If … Continue reading

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