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chantal

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    Chantal
  • Last name
    Lau
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    Research Faculty
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    Baylor College of Medicine
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    Houston TX, USA

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  1. The clinical issues raised by late preterms may be better addressed as suggested by Jain & Raju (editorial attached): "The focus on the late preterm infant seems to have uncovered two other understudied gestational age groups, one on each side of the late preterm spectrum: studies related to “moderate preterm” and “early term” births,4 further highlighted our lack of understanding of consequences of early birth, even if it is by 2 to 3 weeks and the importance of maintaining the gestational maturational continuum." Jain&Raju'13 editorial (LPT).pdf
  2. In collaboration with my long-time colleague, Dr. Richard J Schanler we monitored the oral feeding performance of Late Preterm Infants (LPT) at his hospital using the Oral Feeding Skill (OFS) scale we developed a few years ago (1). The OFS scale helps differentiate between infant oral feeding skills and endurance (2). As mentioned above, depending upon individual hospital policies, LPT may be transferred to different levels of care. However, due to their relatively short hospital stay, it remains at times difficult to identify those that may be at risk for oral feeding issues. In our study, we observed that assessing the OFS maturity levels of LPTs at their first oral feeding can help identify these at-risk infants early on. We speculated that provision of evidence-based efficacious interventions that improve OFS may shorten hospital stay and decrease future re-admission. (1). Lau C, Bhat J, Potak D, Schanler RJ. Oral Feeding Skills of Late Preterm Infants are correlated with Hospital Length of Stay. J Ped Moth Care 2015; 1:102; (2). Lau C, Smith EO. A novel approach to assess oral feeding kills of preterm infants Neonatology 2011;100:64-70 (doi: 10.1159/000321987) Lau et al'15 (LPT).pdf Lau & Smith '11.pdf
  3. I have recently posted a series of short "educational" webinars addressing infant oral feeding issues. They can be found at www.chantallau.com or  on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1a-zNccdoHt3BJJuZ62sig/featured),

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  4. chantal , welcome to 99nicu :)

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