Author Archives: annabelleinster

Staff Nurse Perceptions of Open-Pod and Single Family Room NICU Designs on Work Environment and Patient Care

Neonatal intensive care units have historically been constructed as open units or multiple-bed bays, but since the 1990s, the trend has been toward single family room (SFR) units. The SFR design has been found to promote family-centered care and to … Continue reading

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Feeding Intervals in Premature Infants ≤1750 g: An Integrative Review

The timely establishment of enteral feeds and a reduction in the number of feeding interruptions are key to achieving optimal nutrition in premature infants. Nutritional guidelines vary widely regarding feeding regimens and there is not a widely accepted consensus on … Continue reading

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Trends in the incidence and associated factors of late-onset sepsis associated with improved survival in extremely preterm infants born at 23–26 weeks’ gestation: a retrospective study

This study investigates the trends in the incidence and associated factors of late-onset sepsis (LOS) associated with improved survival in extremely preterm infants.  The authors retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 364 infants born at 23–26 weeks’ gestation from 2000 to 2005. … Continue reading

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Neonatal transitional care – a concept not a place

Neonatal transitional care can reduce and prevent neonatal unit admissions and offers mothers and their babies additional support to ensure a successful transition to discharge home. This article will consider the approaches taken at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and … Continue reading

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Hearts Milk Bank: developing the ‘bank with a difference’

The recently established Hearts Milk Bank has recruited over 150 human milk donors in the first 10 months of operation and currently supplies screened and processed donor human milk to 20 NHS neonatal and paediatric units that had previously struggled … Continue reading

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Impact of umbilical cord milking and pasteurized donor human milk on necrotizing enterocolitis: a retrospective review

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a serious complication of prematurity. The objective of this retrospective review was to evaluate the impact of an umbilical cord milking protocol (UCM) and pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) on NEC rates in infants less than 30 weeks … Continue reading

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BAPM’s Neonatal Service Quality Indicators – what are they and how should they be used?

The new publication Neonatal Service Quality Indicators: Standards Relating to Structures and Processes Supporting Quality and Patient Safety in Neonatal Services by the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) aims to help healthcare professionals by addressing the question: with regard … Continue reading

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