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District VIII Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Meeting

July 7-10, 2016
Honolulu, HI

The confererence will focus on “The Hidden Morbidities of the NICU – Uncovered. Featured presentations include a wide variety of topics by a wide array of excellent speakers including Dr. Robert Boyle, Dr. Stuart Goldstein, Dr. Charles Neal, Dr. Lynn Iwamoto, and Dr. Loren Yamamoto. There will also be presentations on research and quality improvement throughout the meeting from various abstract submissions.

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In the News

New NRP Guidelines


The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Academy of Pediatrics released new 2015 Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care of the Neonate. The guidelines serve as a foundation for the Neonatal Resuscitation Program® (NRP®)7th edition materials that will be released in Spring 2016 and must be in use by January 1, 2017. Changes include: initial steps oxygen use, positive pressure ventilation and delayed cord clamping.

Link to the NRP website »

CDC Releases Resource Guide for Perinatal Quality Collaboratives: A Resource Guide for States


Perinatal quality collaboratives, or PQCs, are networks of perinatal care providers and public health professionals working in multdisciplinary teams to improve measurable outcomes for women and newborns through continuous quality improvement.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes the value that PQCs can bring to improving perinatal health and worked with experts to develop a resource guide to help develop and advance the work of state PQCs. The guide includes information about starting a state-wide collaborative, launching initiatives, data and measurement, sustainability, and links to other useful resources for perinatal quality improvement work.

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Learn More About PQCs »

Visit CDC's Division of Reporductive Health »

Cochrane Collaborative:  New Reviews & Updates


There have been several new and revised Cochrane Collaborative systematic reviews.

New Reviews:  
Glutamine supplementation to prevent morbidity and mortality in preterm infants
for preterm or very low birthweight infants »


Needle aspiration versus intercostal tube drainage for pneumothorax in the newborn »

Topical emollient for preventing infection in preterm infants »

Washed versus unwashed red blood cells for transfusion for the prevention of morbidity and mortality in preterm infants »

Sound reduction management in the neonatal intensive care unit
for preterm or very low birthweight infants »


Pentoxifylline for the prevention of bronchopulmonary dysplasia
in preterm infants »

Review Updates:
Delayed introduction of progressive enteral feeds to prevent necrotising enterocolitis in very low birth weight infants »

Glutamine supplementation for young infants with severe
gastrointestinal disease »

Restricted versus liberal water intake for preventing morbidity and mortality in preterm infants »

Slow advancement of enteral feed volumes to prevent necrotising
enterocolitis in very low birth weight infants »

Surfactant for meconium aspiration syndrome in term and late preterm infants »

Quick Reference Guide to Neonatal
Coding and Documentation


The second edition of the Quick Reference Guide to Neonatal Coding and Documentation, again presented by the Coding Committee of the Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (SoNPM), expands upon the first edition, while broadening its appeal to caregivers in newborn nurseries and neonatal intensive care units (NICU), as well as those caregivers who perform follow up care for NICU graduates. The Quick Reference Guide to Neonatal Coding and Documentation is designed to educate health care providers to select the right code for the care provided. In addition, this quick reference guide will examine basic principles of coding and documentation, reference International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) codes, discuss an overview of the Resource-Based Relative Value Scale, and present a multitude of coding case scenarios with referenced answers to assist the health care provider.

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NNP WorkForce Survey


Neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs) are integral members of the neonatal care workforce. To assist in workforce planning and policy making in accordance with the 2010 Institute of Medicine recommendations, the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners and the National Certification Corporation conducted a recently released study of the 2014 NNP population in the United States. This important study evaluates NNP roles, practice environment, scope of responsibility, work schedule, patient load, continuing education, and practice staffing.

Workforce Survey: Executive Summary »

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