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  1. The point about the VL is an important one. If intubation becomes a high risk/low frequency event, we should take a safety perspective and engineer our systems for safety, not widespread procedural competency with direct laryngoscopy. I am a physician-scientist who primary covers a level IV NICU without a delivery service. The over all number of intubations is relatively low and in most emergency circumstances there is a front line provider (typically NNP), a (very) experienced charge NNP, and a neonatal fellow available for managing the airway while I run the code. I can now count on one hand
  2. Same as you, for the most part. Keys in my view are: 1) Anticipation of risk factors (length of intubation, cuffed tube, lack of leak, parenchymal lung disease which may make the child more prone to struggle with even transient upper airway narrowing, etc) 2) Early recognition/treatment with nebulized Epi and Steroids as well as consideration of heliox as a further temporizing measure until steroids can kick in 3) Shared mental model with frontline staff that re-intubation may be more challenging and/or need to happen fairly expeditiously if the airway cannot be preserved non-in
  3. In my units, provider preference, though as far as I am aware we all invite families to remain with the baby. Assuming it is a controlled intubation, I do warn parents that they cannot get in the way of staff and so should remain off to the side, preferably seated, just in case they become faint or ill watching the intubation and I emphasize to them that all our attention will be on the baby and if they think they will become a distraction to the team that they may want to go for a walk or sit in the waiting room instead. I would say 75-80% of families say they'll step out and wait for us to g
  4. Honestly, I do so little service at our delivery hospital now that I cannot recall the last positive I cared for. If you are interested, email Pablo.sanchez@nationwidechildrens.org as he is very active in CMV research.
  5. As @rehman_naveedsaid, this is NOT excess sodium provision. The baby is total body water depleted from all the ways an ELBW can lose free water (mostly skin and urine). You minimize insensible water losses (plastic bag, double wall isolate if available, etc) and, if these measure are not sufficient, provide more free water by increasing your total fluids. Without knowing the details of your fluid management, it is difficult to say more, but from your question, this is almost certainly the problem. What day of life are you seeing this issue? How much weight loss are you seeing (a marker of
  6. It is a scandal that this is even still a debate. To suggest we should routinely intubate without NMB is about as evidence based as suggesting neonates don't feel pain.
  7. Can you provide more context on the patient population/circumstances you are interested in? I doubt there are general guidelines given the wide array of underlying etiologies which might lead to hypoglycemia. In general, my approach includes assessment of the reason for the original hypoglycemia, current degree of enteral tolerance/expected tolerance, present glucose levels, risk of critical hypoglycemia with weaning of GIR. At a high-level, though, I view the IV glucose as ensuring metabolic stability while enteral nutrition established. Depending on the urgency of coming off IVF we will
  8. In terms of BPD prevention we are incredibly aggressive about trial of extubation early in life with a culture that does not view early extubation 'failure' as failure; rather we celebrate everyday that these babies spend without an ET tube. For those babies that do go on to develop severe BPD, we have a dedicated BPD-ICU providing developmentally appropriate care by a neonatologist led team of medical providers, nurses and therapist specifically practicing in this patient population. That unit will keep kids admitted for months or even years if needed and extubate to high levels of non-inva
  9. I'm assuming you mean PREMILOC dosing? My units do not use it officially because our BPD program is so good and also because of questions about magnitude of effect on NDI long term, but my deep suspicion is that, in most parts of the US, the hesitancy is driven by fear of legal liability in light of the Canadian and American Academy of Pediatrics positions recommending against routine use of post-natal steroids. Overall, I think the published evidence is sufficient to support but not mandate a change in practice, but no one in the AAP asks my opinion.
  10. I am not aware of such a case, but I must ask what led you test for both conditions?
  11. As a practical matter, it is unlikely because the volumes are so small that when dissolved in feeds over the course of the day their impact is negligible
  12. This is so important, not just for development for for the water loss. People think isolettes are magic, but every time we open them we cause water loss.
  13. We have staff dedicated to reviewing charts, running a checklist for every patient as they approach discharge and rounding with the medical team to call attention to items on the discharge checklist that need attention and to give the medical team an opportunity to highlight 'unusual' discharge needs. For emerging follow-up indications which our institution has not formally added to the discharge planner's checklist (for example, currently we do not have formal guidelines for follow-up in nephrology clinic as we just recently hired our first neonatal nephrologist, but we try to flag babie
  14. If you are asking about enteral supplementation for the 'normal' hyponatremia that ELBWs get after the initial diuresis is complete, our goal is to correct this over a week, though often it takes us 2 weeks to get it right. We follow electrolytes and increase dosing every 2-3 days, paying at least as much attention to the chloride as the Na (we occasionally need to do a mix of NaCl and NaHCO3)
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