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Neonatology Review: Q & A
Editors, Dr. Brodsky and Dr. Martin, have granted us permission to reproduce these questions.
A term infant is born by cesarean section and transferred to the NICU at one hour of life with respiratory distress. The infant is intermittently tachypneic and has some mild subcostal retractions and nasal flaring. The infant has a room air oxygen saturation of 100%. A chest radiograph reveals a pneumomediastinum.
What is the most appropriate NEXT step?
A. Administer supplemental oxygen
B. Initiate continuous positive airway pressure
C. Intubate the infant
D. Observe the infant
E. Obtain an arterial blood gas
Marshall Klaus Perinatal Research Awards – Call for Applications
January 30, 2015 deadline
The Section on Perinatal Pediatrics offers the Klaus Research Awards as a way to give pediatric residents and neonatal fellows with limited research training and experience an opportunity to initiate and complete research projects related to their professional interests. Projects may be related to the full spectrum of child health research, such as perinatal-neonatal health, behavioral sciences, biomedical science, epidemiology, health services, prevention, public health, quality improvement, and quality measurement. Follow the instructions in the link below to apply.
Gastric Perforation in the Neonate
Maureen E. Sims, M.D.
Professor Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles
Gastric perforation is a rare complication in neonates, but it is more common in preterm than term babies. The causes are numerous, and the associated signs and symptoms are non-specific. Gastric perforation can present with any combination of abdominal distention feeding intolerance, respiratory distress, poor activity, gastrointestinal bleeding, abdominal erythema, or shock. The mortality is high if there is a delay in recognition and surgical repair.
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.
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AAP TECaN TWEETS
The Trainees and Early Career Neonatologists (TECaN) group now has a twitter account to help disseminate important AAP information.
Please follow us on Twitter@TECaNchat.
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 group 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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CAN/Distric IX 21st Annual Conference
San Diego, CA
February 26- March 1, 2015
Spring Perinatal Practice Strategies Workshop
March 27-29, 2015
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