Tag Archives: infection control

Yet more probiotic stuff

Here is the other study of saccharomyces that I mentioned previously on this blog (Demirel G, Erdeve O, Celik IH, Dilmen U: Saccharomyces boulardii for prevention of necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm infants: A randomized, controlled study. Acta Paediatrica 2013) recently … Continue reading

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Susceptibility to Sepsis

It looks like those Toll-like receptors may indeed be important. I included a review article in a previous Neonatal Updates, which was nice introduction to these transmembrane receptors that are important in immune responses. A new article suggests that variants … Continue reading

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Chlorhexidine absorption through the skin

Chapman AK, Aucott SW, Gilmore MM, Advani S, Clarke W, Milstone AM: Absorption and tolerability of aqueous chlorhexidine gluconate used for skin antisepsis prior to catheter insertion in preterm neonates. J Perinatol 2013. This group from Hopkins measured chlorhexidine serum … Continue reading

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Breast = best: past your eyes?

The title is from one of those bad punny jokes that you never forget, about taking a bath in milk (pasteurized? No just up to my chin. Boom, boom). For the readers of this blog who are not native English … Continue reading

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More about reflux: anti-acid medications may also be toxic placebos

While I am still finalizing my long overdue chapter on gastro-esophageal reflux (sorry Sanjay if you are reading this, it is on its way, honestly) I have been reviewing the data on acid blockade as a potential treatment. Probably the … 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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CRPs; are they CRaP?

I was taught before asking for a test to always ask myself 2 questions. What will I do if the result is negative? What will I do if the result is positive? The counsel was that if the 2 answers … Continue reading

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What is heteroresistance?

Recent cases of coagulase negative staphylococci, that were very difficult to eradicate, have led to an assessment of whether the phenomenon of heteroresistance may play a part. To be honest, for me this is entirely new; I was not aware … Continue reading

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Hand washing

Sometimes our discussion of infection control become somewhat theoretical, we talk about frequencies and methodologies. Here are a sequence of images that are worth a thousand words. the first 2 are from a publication in the New England Journal of … Continue reading

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