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Feedback Requested on Neonatal Resuscitation Issues

The AAP and AHA are working with the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) to finalize evaluation of systematic evidence for cardiopulmonary and emergency cardiovascular care. The groups are seeking public comment that will be considered in development of the 2015 Guidelines. Those commenting will have the opportunity to view more than 80 clinical and education questions and draft recommendations on a variety of resuscitation topics, including pediatric, neonatal, first-aid, and pre-hospital care. Public comments will be accepted through February 28th.

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New Name for SoPPe?

From the Chair - Renate Savich, MD

Did you know that when you get to the American Academy of Pediatrics Website and search for NEONATAL, that our section does not appear? We are boarded in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine by the ABP, yet we are the Section on Perinatal Pediatrics. This was further emphasized to me at the Spring Workshop when an AAP leader kept referring to us as perinatologists, not neonatologists. I propose that we change our name to Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (SoNPM). Thoughts on this? Email me.

In Memoriam

Robert B. Cotton, MD

Dr. Robert B. Cotton, Jr. passed away on Friday, January 2nd, 2015 at the age of 74.  Bob had been ill for some time and died in the company of his family.

Dr. Cotton joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1975 and served with distinction until his retirement. He conducted groundbreaking research that focused on infants with patent ductus arteriosus, a cardiac consequence of prematurity, which resulted in a novel therapeutic approach utilizing the drug indomethacin to close the ductus in lieu of surgery, while simultaneously describing the benefits of a surgical approach for some. Few physician scientists have achieved true bench to bedside translation of their research during their career.  Bob’s achievements have benefited countless numbers of premature infants and are accepted as standard therapy in Neonatology. In collaboration with Dr. John Oates, these studies also set the standard for pharmacologic studies in premature infants, paving the way for expanding bedside investigation and pharmacotherapeutics to this extremely vulnerable and challenging population. Later studies on newborn lung disease involved the development and use of novel approaches for infant ventilation that resulted in multicenter clinical trials. He was continuously funded throughout his long career and was participating in research and mentoring young investigators up until his death.  Taken together, Bob’s research contributions placed Vanderbilt Pediatrics at the forefront of clinical investigation in premature infants and further established Vanderbilt Neonatology as a premier program worldwide.

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Revealing Medical Errors

“One of the most difficult experiences for any doctor or nurse is when they realize that they have made a mistake that has harmed a patient. In the past, mistakes were seldom disclosed to patients.” However, new information would suggest we should be honest and open with families-with full disclosure. A recent article in Pediatrics discusses this difficult area.

Pediatrics article »

Statistics: Always More to Learn!

Recent advances in science have included the introduction of increasingly sophisticated biostatistical methods and better understanding of the strengths and limitations of existing methods. Fortunately, leaders in the field are now reaching out to advance understanding of the appropriate application of such methods. The following are a representative sample of such publications.

New! Epidemiology and Clinical Research Design Part 1 in NeoReviews »

Other articles:

P values, the 'gold standard' of statistical validity, are not as reliable as many scientists assume »

The correct use of statistics is not just good for science — it is essential »

Meta-analysis in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine »

Principles of the Use of Biostatistics in Research »

Baby Steps to Home

A Guide to Prepare NICU Parents for Home

Baby Steps to Home was created to standardize the discharge pathway NICU nurses use to educate parents about their baby’s condition and prepare them to take their baby home. In each step, nurses will find evidence-based PDFs for their own education and easy-to-understand, editable documents that can be printed and handed to parents following a discussion.

Baby Steps to Home »


Look to the Right Side of this Webpage

This month we feature links under Journals and Publications


Monthly topics of interest to neonatologists and others.

Articles this month »

New Website Feature!

Current Articles of Interest

The Perinatal Section Website Working Group has posted all new monthly Articles of Interest to neonatologists from the top journals. Access this website first to find the most recent clinical trials and research related to neonatology.

Current Articles of Interest »

Cochrane Neonatal Reviews - Try this Featured Link!

This link to the Cochrane Neonatal Reviews has the latest meta-analysis of evidenced based medicine for neonatology. 
Check it out!

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Coding Corner

AAP Perinatal Coding Experts, Ed Liechty and Stephen Pearlman answer your questions

A baby boy is born at 28 weeks weighing 1550 grams. He initially has respiratory distress requiring mechanical ventilation and surfactant replacement. By day 3 he weighs 1420 grams, continues to have respiratory distress requiring 2L HFNC.

The correct code for day 3 is:
A. 99478
B. 99233
C. 99469

Answers to this and previous coding questions »

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Download the 2014 Perinatal Pediatrics Coding Toolkit »

what is the Section on perinatal pediatrics?

The Section on Perinatal Pediatrics is the home organization for specialists in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and also welcomes affiliate members working in related disciplines. At a membership of nearly 3,500, the Section is the largest specialty subgroup of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Section's highest priority is to ensure optimal health and well-being of babies and mothers and this is accomplished through the Section's core activities in the realms of advocacy, education, outreach and support of clinicians and researchers.

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