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Two New Publications

After a few weeks break (for a number of reasons), I’m ready to start blogging again! I’m sure you have all missed the succinct and perceptive critiques of the recent neonatal literature, but today I will start with 2 publications … 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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Are we family centered? Families don’t think so!

Finlayson K, et al. Mothers’ perceptions of family centred care in neonatal intensive care units. Sex Reprod Healthc. 2014;5(3):119-24. This qualitative study interviewed mothers who had babies in one of three NICUs in the UK which claim to practice family-centered care. As … Continue reading

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Neonatal Intensive Care Units work!

The first Epicure study had relatively poor survival rates, especially for the more immature babies. Of course the data were regional data, including all babies born in the UK and Ireland, so they included babies born in places with very … Continue reading

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Screening for Hyperbilirubinemia

When I was chair of the CPS Fetus and Newborn committee, we produced several position statements, one of which I was quite proud was written by myself and by Dr Sankaran from Saskatoon, it was a guideline for the screening … Continue reading

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Drug shortages

The recent study by Kluckow and his colleagues points out another serious issue in neonatology: drug shortages. In recent times we have had poor or no supplies of dramatically important drugs, including for example indomethacin, phenobarbitone and more recently caffeine. We also … Continue reading

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The walking dead: the uninsured in the USA

I don’t normally comment on politics here, it isn’t the point of this blog but sometimes I probably won’t be able to stop myself. I worked in San Diego for 4 years, and I saw a lot of the good … Continue reading

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