Category Archives: Neonatal Research

Antibiotics are dangerous, unless you actually need them.

In response to my previous post Claus Klingenberg wrote a comment in which he mentioned a recent systematic review that he had published with a group of colleagues. This review of a small number of RCTs (9) and a larger … Continue reading

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A negative view of culture-negative sepsis

I have now posted quite a few times about ways to reduce antibiotic use in the NICU, and in the term baby nursery. One thing that would help to reduce unnecessary usage is to abandon the idea that culture-negative sepsis … Continue reading

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Volume guarantee, does it guarantee volume?

I published an abstract somewhere, a while a go, that was called “Volume guarantee does not guarantee volume”. It was a summary of the results of a short-term cross-over trial which showed that tidal volumes stays quite variable when you … Continue reading

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When good journals print nonsense. (And good doctors too).

It is hard to believe the drivel some people are prepared to countenance just because it is supposed to be very old drivel. Chen KL, et al. Acupuncture in the neonatal intensive care unit-using ancient medicine to help today’s babies: … Continue reading

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Using less antibiotics

Most newborns who receive antibiotics are not infected. This is true of full term babies in normal newborn care, and preterms in the NICU. For most infants antibiotics can be stopped after 36 hours if cultures are negative at that … Continue reading

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Life, and medicine, with a disability

I met the author of this article at a CPS meeting a few years ago, she immediately impressed me with her unique perspective. Paige is a developmental pediatrician who does long-term follow-up of preterms, and is involved in developmental evaluation … Continue reading

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A shiny new test

I have invented a shiny new test, which detects brain injury in preterm infants just before they go home. It can be used at discharge to predict whether a former extremely preterm baby will have developmental delay or neurologic impairment. … Continue reading

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