Tag Archives: infection control

Single Family Rooms in the NICU

We have just moved to a brand new NICU, with 80 beds, in 60 single family rooms, and 10 twin rooms. It is enormous, and beautiful, each room has a parent space with a smallish pull out bed (not enough … Continue reading

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Reducing antibiotic use in full term babies.

Early onset neonatal sepsis currently has an incidence in North America among term infants of about 0.5 to 1 per thousand live births. But 15% of newborn infants have risk factors and they end up receiving antibiotics if current guidelines … Continue reading

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Toxicity of reflux medications in infancy

Before I leave the topic for at least a few days, I thought I would discuss data about the toxicity of reflux medications in older children. Most of my ‘toxic placebo’ comments have been about studies in preterm infants, and … Continue reading

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Neonatal Sepsis after Chorioamnionitis, what to do about healthy appearing newborns

In 2007, when I was chair of the CPS Fetus and Newborn Committee, we published a guideline regarding the approach to term and late preterm infants with perinatal risk factors for sepsis. Obviously any infant with clinical signs consistent with … Continue reading

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Culture negative sepsis: what is it?

One of the things that I have wondered about over the years is whether infants who appear to be infected, but who have negative cultures, might have viral infections. A new study suggests that this is not rare. Kidszun A, et … Continue reading

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The microbiome of plastic tubes in children

Petersen SM, et al. Nasogastric feeding tubes from a neonatal department yield high concentrations of potentially pathogenic bacteria – even one day after insertion. Pediatr Res. 2016.  These authors cultured 94 nasogastric feeding tubes from 34 preterm infants. 1 ml … Continue reading

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TPN toxic?

Humans, after they are born, are supposed to receive their nutrition via the gut. Before that of course, they receive a continuous infusion of nutrition via the umbilical vein. We are far from having an intravenous nutrition mixture for sick … Continue reading

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