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Stefan Johansson

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  1. Thanks Edward for posting, I believe this is a common situation. I will share your post in our various channels, lets hope for more useful feedback than mine. I have not been involved in getting filters to our unit, but I just wanted to share what we use (for the NeoPUFF, Fabian CPAP and Leoni vent's)
  2. Just checked out the NEOCLEAR COVID-19 spread sheet and there are already 100+ publications aggregated. @clydewrightmd @GauthamSuresh and Meg - many thanks for doing this great work!
  3. @Nathan Sundgren I send you a DM on Tw!
  4. The Swedish national guideline also recommends incubator in this situation. here you can download the latest version (5 April), but of course in Swedish... https://neo.barnlakarforeningen.se/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2020/03/Rekommendation-om-handläggning-av-gravida-och-barn-till-kvinnor-med-verifieradelsannolik-Covid-19_ver-2_200405.pdf
  5. I am not an expert like @olamedmac so I cannot comment on the content as such, but I think the structure is excellent and format is superb! Do you do the animated graphics yourself? Great initiative, IMHO delayed cord clamping is one of the most low-hanging fruits in neonatal care. Somewhat OT: as we had to cancel our yearly conference due to the pandemic, we have discussed to arrange short webinars. @Nathan Sundgren would you like to present about Cord clamping over ~15-20 min in such a format?
  6. I just got this email from Dr's Meg Kirkley, Clyde Wright and @GauthamSuresh in the US - they are aggregating Neonatal Covid-19 literature to a spreadsheet. A fantastic initiative! Find the continuously updated spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1L9tsrLn9a7LMql_nnUfMA3uS1SSurrj4XUh2yT2bEUc/edit#gid=1867332198 Please find the full email below. Big thanks to Meg, Clyde and @GauthamSuresh for this iniative! _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ We have a resource to share!!! Meg Kirkley (Assistant Professor here in Colorado) and I have been developing a platform to help our Section stay familiar with the rapidly emerging evidence surrounding COVID-19 With that in mind, we created NeoCLEAR: Neonatal COVID-19 Literature Evaluated and Aggregated in Real-time Topic champions within the section are committing to staying abreast in the following areas, to serve as a resource for you: Transmission (with a focus on vertical / perinatal / neonatal transmission): Rob Dietz and Susan Niermeyer Clinical Features of Neonatal Infection: Clyde Wright & Meg Kirkley Diagnosis and Treatment: Laurie Sherlock & Steph Bourque NICU-specific practices and policies: Steph Chassen & Sadie Houin Consensus Statements (reviews & guidelines from medical governing bodies): Erica Mandell & Susan Hwang The Topic Champions are continually updating this spreadsheet which can be sorted by topic, publication date, and publication type. Hyperlinks are provided and the workgroup has provided a brief “key points” column. Gautham has worked hard to include the NeoCLEAR spreadsheet on the perinatalcovid19.org site and it can be found here: https://perinatalcovid19.org/neoclear/ We will do our best to keep it updated and our searches robust! Thank you - Meg and Clyde and Gautham
  7. Check this out: https://trends.hms.harvard.edu/2020/03/31/covid-19-separating-infected-mothers-from-newborns-weighing-the-risks-and-benefits/ @neobfmd thanks for sharing this as a comment in the blog by @AllThingsNeonatal
  8. Check out this comment by @neobfmd to the blog post by @AllThingsNeonatal and read the link provided (https://trends.hms.harvard.edu/2020/03/31/covid-19-separating-infected-mothers-from-newborns-weighing-the-risks-and-benefits/)
  9. This new paper just came onto my radar - on "State-of-the-art neonatal cerebral ultrasound: technique and reporting" in Pediatric Research. Great read! (and if those of us who cannot read, we can look at the pictures like the one below 😛 ) Open access here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41390-020-0776-y
  10. As the world deals with the Covid-19 pandemic, clinicians caring for newborn babies are all scrambling to come up with guidelines to handle babies who are at risk of or confirmed to have Covid-19 infection. We are also trying to personally stay healthy and avoid catching the infection. By sharing our resources and ideas we can make more progress than working individually. This free repository of information is offered as a resource for you and your clinical team. Please share any useful documents you might have.
  11. The professional communication during the Covid-19 pandemic really shows the potential to share expertise and experience through web-based channels. Journals, societies, regular news media, social media platforms etc-etc play an important role for us to keep updated, and many web sites have also opened up their content free of charge. We will learn many things from facing and tackling this pandemic, but one major change will certainly be our communication channels. Many are discovering the web-based possibilities to learn and discuss. We will do our best to facilitate professional communication within the neonatal community. And, finally it seems that the company providing our software (IPB) will finally roll out a smartphone app. Which means that 99nicu will literally become available in your pocket through a "99nicu App". The screen shots below comes from the beta-version of the app now used by the company providing our software. And yes, there will be light-mode and dark-mode Stay tuned!
  12. New paper out today in JAMA Ped, a case series of 33 mothers and 3 newborns being positive for Covid-19 (i.e. 30 infants were tested negative) https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/2763787
  13. I can only speak for the Stockholm Region - healthy parents stay with us as usual (i.e. our family-based strategy is not changed practically), but we do not allow other visitors at all right now. If an infant is born to a Covid+ mother and there is a need of neonatal care, we admit the infant directly (i.e. separate directly). We regard the infant as healthy BUT room-in in a single room with the other parent if healthy, and otherwise with a healthy person assigned by the parents (like a relative or friend).
  14. From the European Paediatric Association today. On March 12, 2020, WHO announced the outbreak caused by COVID-192, a pandemic. Since its first appearing in Germany on January 20, 2020, reported by NEJM, Europe faced a rapid spread and escalation of COVID-19, and it is currently at the center of this pandemic. Other regions of the globe (North America, South America and Middle East) are currently experiencing a rapid virus dissemination and escalation of asymptomatic and symptomatic cases.Data summary Global outbreak situation as of March 23: 184 countries, areas or territories with cases; 270.000 confirmed cases; 11.500 confirmed deaths. In Europe, confirmed cases are 135.000 and 6000 the confirmed death (WHO data).Major symptoms: The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but do not develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Common signs of disease include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties with pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, and kidney failure. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.COVID-19 Incubation period: WHO reports that most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five days. These estimates will be updated as more data become available.Coronavirus infection in children: Children seems rarely infected. A comprehensive study of the COVID-19 infection in Chinese children (Dong Y et al. Pediatrics, 2020) shows that over 2145 total cases over 90% were asymptomatic, mild or moderate, with only one death reported, due to lethality of the infection - defined as the number of deaths divided by the total of cases - which is <0.05% for those under 18 years of age. The report is consistent with those from Europe. On March 19, the Italian Society of pediatrics issued a report from Italy, which is currently the European country most severely hit by the epidemic, showing that only 330 cases of COVID-19 infected children are reported in this country, mostly >6 year old individuals showing mild symptoms.COVID-19 and pregnancy: According to the CDC, there is insufficient data at this time to know whether pregnant women are at increased risk for adverse health outcomes if infected by the novel coronavirus as compared to non-pregnant people. A WHO-China Joint Mission investigation of 147 pregnant women in China with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 found that 8% had severe disease and 1% were in critical condition (14% severe, 6% critical for the overall population). In a small study of pregnant women in Wuhan, China, the clinical characteristics and severity of COVID-19 also appeared similar between pregnant and non-pregnant women. That said, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued a statement that “pregnant women may be at higher risk of severe illness, morbidity, or mortality compared with the general population,” likely due to physiologic changes that happen during pregnancy, and because pregnancy constitutes a state of relative immunosuppression as compared to non-pregnancy.COVID-19 transmission during pregnancy and breastfeeding: Data are also lacking about whether pregnant women infected by the novel coronavirus can pass it to their fetuses across the placenta during pregnancy, called “vertical transmission.” ,Current data exclude this possibility. Several small studies of pregnant women infected with the novel coronavirus found no evidence of vertical transmission, as none of their infants tested positive at birth, and the virus was not detected in samples of the amniotic fluid, umbilical cord blood or placental tissue (Zhu et al. 2020; Chen et al. 2020; Chen et al. 2020; Zhang et al. 2020; Li et al. 2020). However, a few cases of newborns infected by the novel coronavirus have been reported, and it remains unclear if they were infected before, during or after delivery (Qiao, 2020; Murphy, 2020). There is no evidence to date to suggest the novel coronavirus can pass to infants through breast-milk. To this regard, the US CDC has issued precautionary guidance for women with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 who are also breastfeeding. Adverse health outcomes have been found in infants born to mothers affected by COVID-19, including respiratory distress, premature labor, and even death. However, it is unclear whether these adverse outcomes are related or not to the COVID-19 infection in their mothers. Meanwhile, guidance published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) suggests there is no data yet linking COVID-19 with an increased risk of pregnancy loss. As for maternal outcomes, some initial evidence indicates outcomes are similar between women with and without COVID-19, however other studies show symptom severity in pregnancy varies from asymptomatic to life-threatening. As the outbreak continues, more data on maternal and neonatal outcomes will likely come forward.Getting ready to contrast the epidemic in Europe: The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has activated its highest alert level. This involves getting clinical sites and diagnostics labs ready to deal with cases on European soil and researchers from various institutions discuss the research questions including the best treatment strategies for patients. Sharing and aligning activities at European and international level in the area of public health emergency preparedness adds value to the efforts of single countries to strengthen their capacities and ensure coordinated and effective support when faced with cross-border health threatsWhat to do: All governments worldwide have applied restriction measures. Clinicians should be vigilant for international travelers who show respiratory symptoms and take infection-control precautions with people who may be infected. They should collect nasopharyngeal, nasal, throat swab and lower respiratory tract specimens from these patients and consider saving urine, stool, serum and respiratory pathology specimen. However, all individuals showing symptom suggesting a coronavirus infection must be tested. Clinicians should notify infection control, state and location health departments immediately and report to the local National Institutes of Health.The use of protective masks: Remember, a mask should only be used by health workers, care takers, and individuals with respiratory symptoms, such as fever and cough. Before touching the mask, clean hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water Take the mask and inspect it for tears or holes. Orient which side is the top side (where the metal strip is). Ensure the proper side of the mask faces outwards (the coloured side). Place the mask to your face. Pinch the metal strip or stiff edge of the mask so it moulds to the shape of your nose. Pull down the mask’s bottom so it covers your mouth and your chin. After use, take off the mask; remove the elastic loops from behind the ears while keeping the mask away from your face and clothes, to avoid touching potentially contaminated surfaces of the mask. Discard the mask in a closed bin immediately after use. Perform hand hygiene after touching or discarding the mask – Use alcohol-based hand rub or, if visibly soiled, wash your hands with soap and water. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [ Show in browser ] [ Unsubscribe ]
  15. I recently got this paper from @Ryan McAdams which may interest you, about pharmacokinetics in newborns (although the special case of hypothermia tx): https://www.hindawi.com/journals/arp/2020/2582965/ Also this paper may interest you: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29336388
  16. This is a hot topic! From the later trials and systematic reviews, it seems that routine checks does not add anything. We check the position of the tube my aspirating, but do not check residuals as such unless there is symtoms suggesting abdominal disease. We rarely discard residuals (only if blood/bile and we plan fasting anyway due to NEC scare) Looking fw to hear others practises - I believe this is an every-day thing with many different approaches Check these references out: Singh 2018: https://www.jpeds.com/article/S0022-3476(18)30626-7/fulltext Parker 2019: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/article-abstract/2732145 Cochrane 2019: https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD012940.pub2/full Cochrane 2019: https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD012937.pub2/full
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    This conference is postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the new dates are Saturday, October 3 – Monday, October 5, 2020.
  18. And two screenshots with neonatal case-reports (see above)
  19. Learned about those two references on Twitter: https://academic.oup.com/cid/advance-article/doi/10.1093/cid/ciaa225/5803274 https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2020/03/16/peds.2020-0702 The paper in Pediatics is very interesting and it also shows that, although uncommon, 7/379 infants <1y developed critical disease (~1.8%)
  20. Great post! And I admit I had to Google that hashtag ... and found https://staythefuckhome.com/
  21. Check this out - a research letter in NEJM on a case series: "Detection of Covid-19 in Children in Early January 2020 in Wuhan, China" The link is: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2003717 and the case series is summarized below (linked Table from NEJM)
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