Monthly Archives: October 2015

Another amazing publication (insert jokey emoticon here)

This one’s just me, and is a bit of a “how do I do it” article. I recount how I try and keep up with the emerging literature, and then some simple rules for determining if a new publication is … Continue reading

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Late Surfactant may not be effective, probably.

A large multi-center trial (n=511) led by Roberta Ballard has just been published. (Ballard RA, et al. Randomized Trial of Late Surfactant Treatment in Ventilated Preterm Infants Receiving Inhaled Nitric Oxide. J Pediatr 2015.) In this trial infants had similar … Continue reading

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When should we treat hyperbilirubinemia in preterm infants?

I missed this when it was first published, but it came up on one of my regular searches at the weekend. Hulzebos CV, et al. The bilirubin albumin ratio in the management of hyperbilirubinemia in preterm infants to improve neurodevelopmental outcome: … Continue reading

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A new book, with great chapters!

A new book about neonatal clinical ethics has just been released. Eduard Verhagen and Annie Janvier are the editors. Here is the blurb: Ethical Dilemmas for Critically Ill Babies Editors: Verhagen, Eduard, Janvier, Annie. Series: International Library of Ethics, Law, … Continue reading

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A step forward in neonatal resuscitation. And Oh So Simple.

When you are resuscitating a baby, and you ask, how is the heart rate? What kind of answer do you get? “It’s good” “pulse is a bit slow” “I think its around 80”? As Lou Halamek and his team recount … Continue reading

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Also, still no parents!

My previous post was long enough without addressing another serious deficiency in these guidelines. It is worth its own post. The guidelines are written by doctors. And only doctors (actually only Obstetricians). There is no input mentioned from any other … Continue reading

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Another extremely flawed guideline on periviable deliveries

Oh Dear, here we go again… This is a joint statement from ACOG and the SMFM. There is some good in here, but you’d think they could at least get the facts right. “Delivery before 23 weeks of gestation typically … Continue reading

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