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Do transfusions trigger NEC? or does anemia?

I am still unconvinced that transfusion associated NEC is a real thing, I think it is possibly a real phenomenon, but I am not sure how to know for sure. Some of the best evidence I think comes from the … Continue reading

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Platelet transfusions don’t close the PDA, but they may increase IVH

I would never have actually thought to ask the question whether platelet transfusion might close the PDA, although early thrombocytopenia is associated with persistent PDA, and platelet plugs seem to be part of the mechanism of closure. A group in … Continue reading

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At last, something men are better at than women!

That is, giving blood for babies, at least maybe. The introduction to this new publication notes something that I was not aware of, that plasma donated by women is associated with a substantially greater frequency of transfusion related complications than … Continue reading

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The last word on delayed cord clamping in the preterm? part 3.

Lo and behold. Fogarty M, et al. Delayed Versus Early Umbilical Cord Clamping for Preterm Infants: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017. Some of the authors of the APTS trial have performed an updated systematic review, … Continue reading

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The last word on delayed cord clamping in the preterm? Part 2.

I mentioned the second trial I wanted to discuss at the beginning of part 1. Duley L, et al. Randomised trial of cord clamping and initial stabilisation at very preterm birth. Archives of disease in childhood Fetal and neonatal edition. … Continue reading

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The last word on delayed cord clamping for preterms? Part 1.

The APTS (Australian placental transfusion study) trial has just appeared on line. This was a high-quality multicenter, international RCT of immediate cord clamping (less than 10 seconds) compared to delayed clamping (60 seconds) for babies born less than 32 weeks … 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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