Monthly Archives: December 2018

The power of touch

Stroking new-born babies can reduce their pain. A new study by a team of researchers, led by Deniz Gursul from Oxford University, found that stroking babies’ skin stimulated nerves called C-tactile afferents which created a pleasant sensation and reduced the … Continue reading

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Systemic arterial hypertension and very low birth weight

In this study Bruna Ossanai Schoenardie, from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil, led a team of researchers studying 198 children all born weighing under 1.5 kg. The researchers measured the children’s blood pressure at two … Continue reading

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Nurse Decision Making and Attitudes About Circuit Disconnection During Ventilator Therapy at a Swedish Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

There are many challenges to providing care to infants in need of ventilator therapy. Yet, few studies describe the practical handling of the ventilator circuit during nursing care. This study aims to describe neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurses’ decision making regarding whether or not to disconnect … Continue reading

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Effects of Underrunning Water Bathing and Immersion Tub Bathing on Vital Signs of Newborn Infants A Comparative Analysis

Newborn infants are susceptible to hypothermia during bathing due to environmental conditions. This study examined the effects of 2 common newborn bathing methods used in Turkey, underrunning water bathing (URWB) and immersion tub bathing (ITB), on infant heart rate (HR), oxygen saturation, and body temperature. In this randomized controlled study, 44 newborns were … Continue reading

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Conceptualizing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome as a Cascade of Care A Qualitative Study With Healthcare Providers in Ohio

The opioid epidemic remains a serious issue in the United States and presents additional challenges for women of childbearing age. An increasingly common complication of opioid use is neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), or infant withdrawal from in utero exposure to opioids. The objective of this qualitative … Continue reading

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Bliss and Sands are calling for consistent, well-funded bereavement care across the whole of the UK

NHS bereavement care for parents whose baby dies shortly after they are born is worryingly inconsistent and under-resourced, according to a report published today by Bliss and Sands. The joint Audit of Bereavement Care Provision in UK Neonatal Units (2018) reveals that … Continue reading

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Hunter Syndrome Is It Time to Make It Part of Newborn Screening?

Hunter syndrome, or mucopolysaccharidosis type II (MPS II), is a lysosomal storage disease that affects the breakdown of sugar in the body. Research has made it possible to reveal the cause of the disease, thus helping diagnose and treating this … Continue reading

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