Tag Archives: infection control

Effects of (not very) NICE guidelines

Call me prescient, OK, you won’t, but I will. Two recent observational studies suggest that the recent NICE guidelines have had adverse effects on infants evaluated for potential early neonatal sepsis. ‘NICE’ of course is not an adjective for how good … Continue reading

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Gastric acid is good for you

I might have used that title previously, but new data published in JAMAPediatrics supports the concept. In a prospective cohort study the authors cultured fluid from gastroscopies, and bronchoscopies in children, and compared the results between those who were on … Continue reading

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Should we all be wearing gloves? Every time we touch a baby?

Two new articles over the summer suggest that the answer to that question may well be yes. The first is the best quality of the studies, an RCT in a single center in the USA. Kaufman DA, Blackman A, Conaway MR, Sinkin … Continue reading

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Position statements and overtreatment

A few years ago when I was chair of the Canadian Paediatric Society Fetus and Newborn Committee, we produced a statement about what to do with full term babies with risk factors for sepsis. Our recommendation was, to put it … Continue reading

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Prophylactic fluconazole works; but we shouldn’t use it?

A new high quality multicenter RCT examined the effects of fluconazole prophylaxis in about 360 very tiny babies (VTB), that is they weighed less than 750g at birth. They were enrolled in the first 5 days of life to fluconazole … Continue reading

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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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