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More Doubts about BOOSTing saturations?

As I just mentioned I received another thoughtful comment from Reese Clark, which I reproduce in its entirety below: “After re-reading my post and at the risk of being a bit redundant with what Dr Barrington has already carefully presented … Continue reading

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BOOST-II long term outcomes

The long-running epic of the oxygen saturation targeting trials is nearing completion. This publication of the joint results of the Australia and UK trials now includes the primary outcome for the trials, the combined rate of death or “disability”. Australia … Continue reading

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Treating pneumothoraces? Either a tube or leave them alone.

I never understood why it was recommended to give 100% oxygen to treat a pneumothorax. I think the idea was that the gas in the pneumothorax could be replaced by oxygen which would then be reabsorbed more quickly if we … Continue reading

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Resuscitating preterm infants: how many O’s

Very often in neonatology (and in life) we have to make a decision based on inadequate data. For example, when resuscitating a very preterm baby you have to decide where to set the starting FiO2, even if there are no … Continue reading

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Oxygen, transfusions, and NEC

What causes NEC! The answer is ‘who knows?’, or perhaps a better one would be ‘its complicated…’ You probably need an immature gut, gut mucosal injury, inflammation and cytokine release, and an abnormal microbiome, all of which probably interact in … Continue reading

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Informed consent in the NICU

I have watched most of the presentations at the OHRP meeting, so you don’t have to. Many of the critics of SUPPORT make the same mistaken assumption, that usual care in the NICU is to individualize oxygen saturation targets, I … Continue reading

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