Weekly Update #1

There are a number of interesting and/or important publications that I don’t get the time to blog about. I was thinking that maybe a weekly update which lists them with just a little description rather than a full blog post might be interesting.

I will try this out, let me know if you find this helpful. As this is the first one I will go back a few weeks, and try to outline publications since the beginning of June.

van Vonderen JJ, Kleijn TA, Schilleman K, Walther FJ, Hooper SB, te Pas AB: Compressive force applied to a manikin’s head during mask ventilation. Archives of Disease in Childhood – Fetal and Neonatal Edition 2012, 97(4):F254-F258. Around 2 kg of force are applied during mask ventilation of the mannikin, before and after adjusting mask position.

Nijman J, de Vries LS, Koopman-Esseboom C, Uiterwaal CSPM, van Loon AM, Verboon-Maciolek MA: Postnatally acquired cytomegalovirus infection in preterm infants: A prospective study on risk factors and cranial ultrasound findings. Archives of Disease in Childhood – Fetal and Neonatal Edition 2012, 97(4):F259-F263. Around 10% of very preterm babies <32 weeks acquired CMV in the NICU, mostly from breast milk, most remained asymptomatic.

Mirea L, Sankaran K, Seshia M, Ohlsson A, Allen AC, Aziz K, Lee SK, Shah PS, Canadian Neonatal N: Treatment of patent ductus arteriosus and neonatal mortality/morbidities: Adjustment for treatment selection bias. J Pediatr 2012(0). Surgical ligation is associated with increased BPD risk, even after trying to account for all potential confounders, whether it really is possible to correct I am not sure, but they tried hard.

Pineda RG, Stransky KE, Rogers C, Duncan MH, Smith GC, Neil J, Inder T: The single-patient room in the nicu: Maternal and family effects. J Perinatol 2012, 32(7):545-551. Parents whose babies were assigned to single patient rooms visited more, but experienced more stress.

 Tillman S, Brandon DH, Silva SG: Evaluation of human milk fortification from the time of the first feeding: Effects on infants of less than 31 weeks gestational age. J Perinatol 2012, 32(7):525-531. After changing their protocol and fortifying milk from the very first feeding, there was less biochemical evidence of osteopenia, and it was well tolerated.

Caeymaex L, Jousselme C, Vasilescu C, Danan C, Falissard B, Bourrat M-M, Garel M, Speranza M: Perceived role in end-of-life decision making in the nicu affects long-term parental grief response. Archives of Disease in Childhood – Fetal and Neonatal Edition 2012. When interviewed a couple of years after their child’s death, parents who described their involvement in decision making as being “shared decision making” experienced less grief than those who thought it was mostly a medical decision, or those who thought it was mostly their decision.

Lyall AE, Woolson S, Wolfe HM, Goldman BD, Reznick JS, Hamer RM, Lin W, Styner M, Gerig G, Gilmore JH: Prenatal isolated mild ventriculomegaly is associated with persistent ventricle enlargement at ages 1 and 2. Early Human Development 2012, 88(8):691-698. Prenatal mild ventriculomegaly leads to persistent mild postnatal ventriculomegaly. Up to 2 years of age. But there is little effect if any on development.

About Keith Barrington

I am a neonatologist and clinical researcher at Sainte Justine University Health Center in Montréal
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3 Responses to Weekly Update #1

  1. This is a great idea Keith. I will find it very useful.

  2. William Meadow says:

    hi Keith — this is an excellent contribution, as is your entire blog;

    bill meadow

  3. Suzanne Tillman says:

    Just found your site, love it.

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