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Advanced Technologies NICU | Saint Peter's HealthCare System

Advanced Technologies NICU | Saint Peter's HealthCare System | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
Premature and critically ill newborns often have respiratory problems.
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6. This source also tells about different kinds of machines that are used to stabilize premature infants.

 

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Mary Ellicker's comment, March 7, 2014 9:27 AM
8. A lot of the time premature will still have long term effects or disabilities despite the efforts of neonatal nurses and doctors
Mary Ellicker's comment, March 7, 2014 9:29 AM
9. there has been a 16%-27% drop in infant deaths recently because of the advanced technology
Mary Ellicker's comment, March 7, 2014 9:30 AM
10. Certain disease called hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy happens over 72 hours and 60% of babies with this will end up passing away
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Advanced Technologies NICU | Saint Peter's HealthCare System

Advanced Technologies NICU | Saint Peter's HealthCare System | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
Premature and critically ill newborns often have respiratory problems.
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7. This source tells about the up and coming new technologies that are utilized in the NICU to ensure that babies get everything they need in order to be happy and healthy.

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Mary Ellicker's comment, February 13, 2014 9:48 AM
9. the Hypothermia Program was made to aid the sickest of infants suffering from asphyxia, which is a lack of oxygen after birth. This program gives infants suffering from this a fighting chance for a fairly normal life
Mary Ellicker's comment, February 13, 2014 9:50 AM
10. Sometimes, there are long term effects that occur from issues as infants. HIE (hypoxic0ischemic encephalopathy) often leads to cerebral palsy, mental retardation, learning disabilities, and vision or hearing impairments. That is why this program is of such extreme importance.
Kayla Hood's curator insight, April 28, 2014 12:48 PM

Advanced technologies have created tremendous outcomes for sick newborns usually with respiratory problems. Venilation is used to create less stress on a new borns lungs, Nitric oxide is a treatment for respiratory failure and now they are studying a way so that newborns can create their own diaphram level so that oxygen can release to the brain.

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Nursing shortage's impact in pediatrics: Study says NICUs need nurses

Nursing shortage's impact in pediatrics: Study says NICUs need nurses | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
Reading about the latest development in the nursing shortage. NICUs have too few nurses.
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1. This article basically talks about the negative outcomes of having a shortage of nurses in the NICU. There are too few nurses for the amount of infants that need immediate attention after birth. On top of the NICU being understaffed which puts infants at a higher risk of not being cared for, units with too few nurses also have been found to contain more infections than those that were appropriately staffed.

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Mary Ellicker's comment, February 13, 2014 9:31 AM
2. NICUs are understaffed for 32% of their patients
Mary Ellicker's comment, February 13, 2014 9:35 AM
3. Staffing in NICUs are not adequate for 68% of high-risk infants, which are the most fatal 8%<br>
Mary Ellicker's comment, February 13, 2014 9:36 AM
4. The infection percentage in NICUs that didn't have good staffing was at 9%
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Preemie Help - Everything about preterm birth from micro preemies to premature outcomes

Preemie Help - Everything about preterm birth from micro preemies to premature outcomes | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
Preemiehelp expert information about preterm birth & everything related to prematurity. Community & solutions for parents & Resources for carers & preemie experts
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1. This source explains all of the equipment that is utilized in the NICU to care for babies and ensure that they are getting the appropriate care they need

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Mary Ellicker's comment, March 12, 2014 12:18 PM
2. Preemies are usually born with lungs that weren't developed properly. That's one reason why the technology provided in the NICU is so important. Premature babies have more problems other than underdeveloped lungs, but this is one of the main issues that can be a life or death situation if technology isn't utilized correctly.
Mary Ellicker's comment, March 12, 2014 12:22 PM
3. Most of the equipment in the NICU aids in helping preemies breathe. Some of the machines are a Nasal Cannula.This delivers oxygen. It's a tube that goes behind the ears with prongs that are inserted into the infant's nose. There's a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure treatment, which delivers pressurized air through a mask or pillows. Ventilators helps the baby breathe by inserting a tube through the throat. Feeding tubes give the babies necessary nutrients they need to survive since they aren't able to eat on their own.
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Pediatric Health Blog, Texas Children's Hospital - Update On Managing The Nationwide Shortages Of Medications For Premature Babies | Texas Children's Blog

Pediatric Health Blog, Texas Children's Hospital - Update On Managing The Nationwide Shortages Of Medications For Premature Babies | Texas Children's Blog | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
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5. In this article, it is explained how having a major shortage or even a minor shortage in drugs for the NICU can result in sick infants not getting appropriate care and attention. They are trying to conserve medications as much as they safely can. Currently, it is being looked into so that there is long-term solution for this issue.

 

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Mary Ellicker's comment, March 12, 2014 12:38 PM
8. Because of Asphyxia, infant can develop long-term issues. Some of them are mental retardation, cerebral-palsy, learning disabilities, vision impairments and hearing complications. Normally 60% of babies that develop HIE will die. That is why more and more hospitals are looking into making this technology possible so that not as many premature babies will die.
Mary Ellicker's comment, March 12, 2014 12:41 PM
9. The hypothermia program technique is meant to stop HIE from getting so severe to the point where it can't be controlled. When bad things like this happen to infants, such as death, it is very hard on the nurses, doctors, and especially the parents because it wasn't expected. The nurses get worked up because it's their responsibility to make sure the infant is returned to the parents healthy, and when he or she isn't, the nurses and doctors have to face the parents.
Mary Ellicker's comment, March 12, 2014 12:42 PM
10. For HIE to be reverses, time is very important. Brain cooling has to be started in no more than 6 hours. Since asphyxia can occur before birth or after birth, it is important to do this as soon as possible to ensure the health of the preemie.