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About this blog

Have you ever wondered, how things are done in other NICUs? Having an insight in other's unit practice can be a useful thing. Since sharing is caring, this blog offers you a well balanced mix of objective facts and personal thoughts about things I've observed in different NICUs. Interested? Stay tuned!

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Kotiloma means "vacation at home"

Kotiloma means "vacation at home"

July was very eventful for me and that had caused my on-line silence. I had a chance to visit again my beloved Finland and now I'm back with fresh thoughts and ideas (and also hundreds of photos). Enjoy! Kotiloma is a word in Finnish that means „vacation at home”. But in some NICUs around Finland it has grown into a bit different meaning. Kotiloma is a practice of arranging a little vacation at home for NICU patients before their final discharge.  The routine is quite simple. On the ko

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Would you dare? Intubation on parent's chest

Would you dare? Intubation on parent's chest

When it comes to inserting tubes, NICU staff is probably the most experienced in the world. Intubation is one of the first procedures we learn as young doctors in NICU. Some of us perform it through nose, some through mouth. But who performs it on mother’s or father’s chest? Well, I’ve seen it only once or twice, but that is a practice in Uppsala University Hospital.  What do you need to perform it? An intubation set. A baby, that actually needs that intubation. It can be a planned or an

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The Finnish way of caring

The Finnish way of caring

I had an amazing opportunity to visit NICU in the Turku University Hospital in 2016. They admit around 550 problematic newborns per year. About 10% of them are born below 30 weeks of gestation. The whole unit is practically based on 11 family rooms (single family rooms when possible) and additionally one larger room for 4 patients. The larger room is usually used for babies who are admitted due to transient issues (tachypnea, hypoglycemia, hyperbilirubinemia etc). Single family rooms are equippe

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