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Bliss funds research to find out if a parent’s touch is the secret to managing pain in premature babies

Bliss is delighted to announce that the first award from its new research fund has been granted to a pioneering project which aims to understand pain in premature babies. The research team is seeking to improve both the way that … Continue reading

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Weight gain and pregnancy

Gaining weight in pregnancy is a bit like Goldilocks – women should gain just the right amount of weight, not too much or too little. In this study Han-Yang Chen and Suneet P. Chauhan, from the University of Texas, looked … Continue reading

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The role of the paediatric cardiac nurse specialist in delivering cardiology services

A paediatric cardiac nursing service was established at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUHFT) with the aim of providing a contact person for families to identify and link with throughout their cardiac journey. The role ensures support, continuity and … Continue reading

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Learning from neonatal clinical incidents: a rare complication of lower limb PICC insertion

There have been two recent cases in Scotland where malpositioned peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) have resulted in extravasation of parenteral nutrition and lipid into the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) with significant neurological sequelae for the infants involved. The purpose of … Continue reading

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A survey of newborn babies admitted for the treatment of jaundice

Reducing the number of full term infants admitted into neonatal units is a priority for the NHS. Neonatal jaundice is the fourth most common reason for a term admission into a neonatal unit and the most common reason for admission … Continue reading

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Maternally-administered massage and weight gain in preterm and low birthweight infants: a systematic review

Early tactile experiences have long-term effects on preterm infants’ sensory performance. Weight gain is key to infant development; while research confirms that massage impacts positively on weight gain in this population, most of the literature focuses on massage administered by … Continue reading

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Estimating length of stay for very preterm babies

Estimating neonatal length of stay has received limited attention in the past. Anecdotally parents are told that their baby will be discharged home ‘around their due date’ but there is no evidence to suggest this is an accurate estimate. This … Continue reading

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