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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. Each month articles of high relevance to the ongoing practice of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine are selected by the Subcommittee. From this list, the group has highlighted a handful of articles with short written summaries. Previous monthly postings have been archived and stored with an eventual goal of creating a searchable database of noteworthy publications.

Current Articles of Interest »

Website Working Group :

Jonathan Mintzer, Page Editor - Stony Brook Children's Hospital
Rachel Chapman - Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Craig Nankervis - Nationwide Children's Hospital
Christopher Rouse - United States Naval Hospital Okinawa
Jeffrey Shenberger - Baystate Medical Center

Feedback or suggestions? Contact us directly.

Contact Dr. Jonathan Mintzer »


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.

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 »

AAP Statement on RSV Prophylaxis

The AAP published the policy statement “Updated Guidance for Palivizumab Prophylaxis Among Infants and Young Children at Increased Risk of Hospitalization for Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection,” and an accompanying technical report, in the August 2014 Pediatrics.

The updated recommendation lowers the gestational age for preterm infants for whom palivizumab prophylaxis is recommended. In the updated guidance, prophylaxis is recommended for infants born before 29 weeks and only during the first year of life. It is also recommended for infants with risk factors such as chronic lung disease, heart disease, or a compromised immune system. Previously, prophylaxis was recommended for infants with preterm birth before 32 weeks gestation, and for infants born before 35 weeks who had certain risk factors.

Read the Policy Statement »

Read the Technical Report »

Inhaled NO for Prevention of BPD

Noninvasive Inhaled Nitric Oxide Does Not Prevent
Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia in Premature Newborns
A recent online first publication in the Journal of Pediatrics by Kinsella et al, found that iNO delivered noninvasively to premature infants who have not progressed to early respiratory failure is a safe treatment, but does not decrease the incidence or severity of BPD, reduce the need for mechanical ventilation, or alter the clinical course.

Read the article »





Convening the Worldwide Community of Practice: Reducing Major
Morbidities in the NICU

November 1-2, 2014
Sheraton Chicago

Registration for the Vermont Oxford Network Annual Quality Congress and preconference is open. This is a unique opportunity for neonatal caregivers from every discipline to learn with and from visionary leaders, faculty members and frontline practitioners from the U.S. and beyond who are deeply committed to the work of this vibrant community of practice.

Register here »

Pediatrics now features CQI research each month.

Standardizing Umbilical Catheter Usage in Preterm Infants »


Look to the Right Side of this Webpage

Have you ever wondered what is on the side of this webpage? These are useful links to Section events, member tools, NICU tools, educational tools and research tools. There are also links to other useful information for neonatologists, such as links to the March of Dimes and NICHD. Try a few...

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!

This month:

Techniques to ascertain correct ET placement in neonates »

NIPPV vs CPAP for preterm neonates after extubation »

Coding Corner

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

An interesting coding question from Dr. Michael Whitman:

In my group practice, the Neonatologists perform the transports of infants to our hospital. Sometimes because of geography, we arrive at the referral hospital in our own car before the ambulance. We attend to the infant at the outside hospital, then follow the rest of the transport team back to the NICU in our own car.

Can we still bill for transport time (face to face) during the transport back to our NICU? It is clear that we can bill for the face to face time at the outside hospital, but the actual transit time is unclear. We are still part of the transport team, just not in the same vehicle.

Answers to this and previous coding questions »

Send us your coding questions »

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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