Monthly Archives: June 2016

Causes and Consequences of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

Sullivan K, et al. The Association between Positive Tracheal Aspirate Cultures and Adverse Pulmonary Outcomes in Preterm Infants with Severe Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. American journal of perinatology. 2016(EFirst).  This is an interesting study, with many limitations. 121 intubated VLBW preterm infants … Continue reading

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Survival and outcomes of extremely immature babies, glass half empty or…

Anderson JG, et al. Survival and Major Morbidity of Extremely Preterm Infants: A Population-Based Study. Pediatrics. 2016. This publication is derived from data in a public health database, the data for which comes from ICD-9 codes of the hospital discharge … Continue reading

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Moral Distress among nurses (and others).

This publication appeared on-line a couple of months ago, and still isn’t in print. Prentice T, et al. Moral distress within neonatal and paediatric intensive care units: a systematic review. Arch Dis Child. 2016. It is a systematic review from Melbourne, … Continue reading

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Neonatal nurses save lives, if you have enough of them.

In the UK an “intensive care” day for a newborn is defined as a day where the baby is intubated and ventilated, or is on non-invasive respiratory support (CPAP of non-invasive ventilation) AND parenteral nutrition, or on the day of … Continue reading

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Is your brain really necessary?

I remember years ago watching a BBC documentary (I think it was BBC) with the tabloid-type title “is your brain really necessary?” it focused on patients with severe hydrocephalus who had normal neurological examinations and normal intellect. One was, if I … Continue reading

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Lactoferrin again, this time the human kind

Sherman MP, et al. Randomized Controlled Trial of Talactoferrin Oral Solution in Preterm Infants. The Journal of pediatrics. 2016. This should be characterized as a pilot trial, as there were only 60 patients per group, and as a trial of … Continue reading

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RV function in BPD

Sehgal A, et al. Right Ventricular Function in Infants with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia: Association with Respiratory Sequelae. Neonatology. 2016;109(4):289-96. Babies with BPD frequently have some degree of pulmonary hypertension, which may lead to right ventricular dysfunction. Arvind Seghal and colleagues studied … Continue reading

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