Tag Archives: infection control

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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Lacuna trial now in print

Now available on-line the pilot trial of lactoferrin prophylaxis that I performed at Sainte Justine. (Barrington KJ, Assaad M-A, Janvier A. The Lacuna Trial: a double-blind randomized controlled pilot trial of lactoferrin supplementation in the very preterm infant. J Perinatol. … Continue reading

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Preventing and Treating Sepsis in Preterm Babies

These two studies are both issues that I am involved with, Theresa Ochoa’s study I was aware of, and was waiting for the full publication, the other, from Egypt, I didn’t know about but should have done, but it confirms … Continue reading

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At least they weren’t worse off.

Fever is a frequent response to infection. The inflammatory response to invading organisms often leads to a febrile reaction, which many have suggested is an adaptive response, that might actually have an evolutionary advantage, and improve survival from serious infections. Of course … Continue reading

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Keeping Central Lines clean, very clean.

Shepherd EG, et al. Significant Reduction of Central-Line Associated Bloodstream Infections in a Network of Diverse Neonatal Nurseries. The Journal of pediatrics. 2015. This is an observational study from a group which includes a large number of neonatal beds. They … Continue reading

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