Tag Archives: Sepsis

When to deliver after Preterm Ruptured Membranes

I have often wondered why my obstetrical colleagues would often induce labour once a woman with ruptured membranes reached 34 weeks. I wasn’t aware of any data to support doing this, or, on the other hand, any good data to … Continue reading

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NICUs are working better: still room for improvement.

As NICUs have become more effective, any proportional incremental improvements will necessarily get smaller, so larger and larger datasets will be needed to show any trends. The NICHD has just published data about survival and major acute morbidities among extremely … Continue reading

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Sense about Sepsis

Recent guidelines regarding the evaluation and treatment of early onset sepsis, or the baby who has risk factors, have been widely criticized. Especially by me! And by me! The AAP for example recommends antibiotic treatment for all infants born after … 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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Sniffing out lung injury

Apparently exhaled breath analysis can be used to detect a number of pulmonary and systemic diseases. As a medical student I was taught  about some of the classical clinical signs of certain diseases (such as diabetic ketoacidosis) which make the … 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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New Lactoferrin Data

Two new articles addressing effects of lactoferrin. Both used bovine lactoferrin (bLF), one was in humans, the other in piglets. In case you haven’t been following closely, lactoferrin is an iron transport protein that has multiple anti-infective properties, against bacteria, … Continue reading

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