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      Today on #WorldPrematurityDay2020, we share a special thought to all infants/children born prematurely and their families. Naturally, we would also like to tribute NICU staff globally working so hard to help infants and families afflicted by preterm birth.
      Every year, ~15M infants are born prematurely. Most survive to healthy lives but preterm birth is also the leading cause of death in children <5y.

    • You can now beta-test the 99nicu smartphone app
      99nicu.org is based on a software package from Invision Community, and they are now offering "app"-functionality that we can now beta-test. The app is focusing on the discussion forums, the core feature of a web community. 
      The current version of the app is a 'multi-community' app; i.e. a directory of communities using this software. This means that you install an app called "Communities By Invision" and within that app marks 99nicu as your favourite/starting page.
      Later, probably during 2021, it will be possible for us to get a "stand-alone" app.
      First of all, install the app:
      Link for iOS: https://testflight.apple.com/join/bzsWOXFO Link for Android: https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.invisioncommunity.communities  
      Start the app and you will see the following - click on the and "Education" category
      Scroll down to find "99nicu" and tick mark the "+" to make 99nicu your favourite

      Off you go

    • I am very glad to welcome Concord Neonatal as our latest Supporting Bronze Partner.
      Concord Neonatal is a pioneering neonatal care company. They provide the Concord Birth Trolley® , enabling neonatal caregivers to provide lifesaving care with the umbilical cord intact for as long as needed. Close to mom, the baby gets maximum benefit from the blood from the placenta, up to the moment it is breathing on its own.
      We are very happy for this partnership.  With its unrestricted educational grants to 99nicu, Concord Neonatal will help us cover costs for maintenance, development and technical support of 99nicu. As "there is no free lunch", we are very thankful for this financial support. 
      Also check out the other Partners on our Partner Page.

    • New look!

      By 99nicu.org, in 99nicu News,

      The software platform for 99nicu.org is now updated to the latest version.
      This brings a new look to the web site  but more importantly, the update adds some new functionalities that paves the way for an upcoming smartphone app.
      Lets hope we soon can have 99nicu practically on our finger tips! 
      (although the mobile web version of 99nicu also works great, check out 99nicu.org on your smartphone too)

    • Join our webinar - Unpicking the evidence for nurse staffing in the NICU: What is optimal and what is the impact?
      With two leading experts in this field, Chiara Dall’Ora at the University of Southampton / UK, and Eileen T. Lake at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing / US.
      Bookmark Wednesday 14 October 16:00 CET.
      You can register for the event here.
      Many of our 99NICU subscribers will have experienced first-hand the challenges of staffing the NICU, being aware of the short-term impact nurse staffing can have both on patient care and staff morale.
      During this 2nd 99NICU Webinar, we will explore the wider impact of nurse staffing on patient outcomes and review what the evidence suggests are potential strategies for optimising staffing. Supported by the latest research from experts in their field, we encourage you to interact with our speakers with a live Q&A session.  
      We look forward to welcoming you to the 2nd 99NICU webinar!
      Chiara Dall’Ora is a lecturer at the University Of Southampton. Her research mainly entails designing and performing large workforce studies using quantitative routinely collected data, focusing in particular on nurses’ shift patterns and staffing levels. Chiara qualified as a Registered Nurse in Italy and, after pursuing a MSc in Nursing and Midwifery Sciences, she completed her PhD within Health Sciences in 2017.
      Eileen Lake has made a significant impact on nursing care practice through research on clinical work environments and nurse staffing levels in hospitals. She currently is a professor of nursing and sociology, the Jessie M. Scott Endowed Term Chair in Nursing and Health Policy, and associate director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Eileen Lake has developed a foundational measure/index of nursing care performance to demonstrate nursing’s impact on patient outcomes. This index provides scientific evidence that health care settings that capitalize on nurses’ education and skills achieve higher quality outcomes.

    • the first 99nicu Webinar - assistant professor Nathan C. Sundgren will lecture on Delayed Cord Clamping, on May 14, 2020 16:00 (CEST)
      Nathan C. Sundgren, MD, PhD, is medical director of neonatal resuscitation education and assistant professor of Neonatology at Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA. He is concerned about all things related to delivery room care and has published quality improvement work and clinical trials related to delivery room team communication and performance of resuscitation. As an educator, he seeks to use global platforms to spread information on neonatal resuscitation such as on his YouTube channel "TexSun NeoEd." 
      This is our first webinar, and if it works well, we aim to run a series of educational webinars during 2020. Stay tuned!

    • I am really sorry to announce that we have decided to cancel our conference Future of Neonatal Care, AKA #99nicuMeetup. 
      The reason is the spreading of the Covid-19 virus in Europe and the uncertainties related to this.  If viral infections increase (currently a likely scenario), we may be forced to cancel at much shorter notice. Given the non-profit nature of the 99nicu community, we have no financial backup to manage a late cancellation.
      I was myself emailed yesterday by staff in some European citys that their hospitals had stopped all travels abroad for their employees.
      We are really sorry about this unexpected development.
      For delegates, speakers and partners directly affected by this decision: we are in discussions with the University of Vienna regarding practical details and implications of cancelling and will communicate back directly next week with more information.
      While we are now only focusing on getting through the current situation, we also believe that the Covid-19 pandemic will settle with time. Consequently, we hope to for a "Return of the Meetup" in 2021.

      Thank you for your understanding and support.

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