Tag Archives: long term outcomes

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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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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Outcomes of babies with surgical anomalies

Neonatologists basically invented the field of outcomes research; many of my colleagues from around the world have closely examined the outcomes of very premature and extremely premature infants for many years: well before people in other fields were doing so. Outcome … Continue reading

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Making Good Decisions: part 3. Living with the aftermath

When there are decisions made about withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining interventions for a baby. There are 2 possible long term outcomes, either the baby will be there a few weeks hence, or not. What do we know about how parents … Continue reading

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Why didn’t erythropoietin improve the outcome of preterm babies?

Because that is the result of a newly published RCT of erythropoietin (EPO) for neuroprotection of small preterm babies, no effect. Natalucci G, et al. Effect of Early Prophylactic High-Dose Recombinant Human Erythropoietin in Very Preterm Infants on Neurodevelopmental Outcome … Continue reading

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Does erythropoietin improve preterm babies development?

Ohls RK, et al. Preschool Assessment of Preterm Infants Treated With Darbepoetin and Erythropoietin. Pediatrics. 2016;137(3):1-9. Robin Ohls has been working on Erythropoietin, and its longer acting analogue darbepoietin, for many years now. As well as demonstrating that it stimulates … Continue reading

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Early low dose systemic hydrocortisone to prevent death or chronic lung disease? Hold on a bit.

An important high quality trial has just been published, it has taken me a bit longer than usual to process the new info. Among other reasons a nice review was posted on the “other neonatal blog“, but I wanted to … Continue reading

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