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cathfriday

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    Katarzyna
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    Piątek
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    Ph.D. researcher
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  1. Hi, this message has reached me recently and I thought it would be great to share it also with the 99nicu community "We would like to promote an important survey about Patient and Family Center Care during the COVID-19 crisis developed by California Preterm Birth Initiative. The purpose of the survey is to gather information about changes to policies and practice due to COVID-19 and how hospitals are engaging patient and family advisors in planning and implementing changes. The following people are eligible to answer the survey: Hospital Administrator Patient Care Unit Leader
  2. Thanks for your comment, Stefan! In Turku, it's very similar, but I'm getting information from Poland that in many places they first limited visiting hours for parents, and then banned parents from the NICU altogether... I have mixed feelings about it for sure. I don't want to belittle the threat the new virus is imposing, but I believe that the trauma of isolating parents from their baby might have equally devastating and maybe even longer-lasting consequences. Would love to hear more from others too!
  3. Quick question- what are the rules right now in your NICU? Are the parents (asymptomatic) still allowed to visit/stay with their baby during the hospitalization in the unit? Share your thoughts and practices!
  4. For months I've been dreaming to have a possibility to work from my sofa in my pyjamas. Now my dreams are coming true 😅 I keep hearing from people "oh but there's nothing you can do about it!" and it just triggers me. We can all contribute to improve the safety of the most fragile citizens by undertaking some measures. At least in this sense we are not completely "powerless"!
  5. Dear fellow Ph.D. students, full-time researchers, and other fellow scientists, please #staythefuckhome. In many grant proposals, we write "this research has the potential to save lives, because... ". Let's face it- most of our research won't save lives (or at least not at once)*. No matter how fantastic our research projects are, science takes time. But what can actually save lives immediately is US STAYING HOME. This way we - the (relatively) young people in big academic campuses- won't be spreading the virus that might be deadly for others: for an old lady in the shop (who takes care o
  6. Oh well, so many thoughts after reading this article! Thanks for sharing! Although I agree with every word she says, I think that we should keep in mind that she describes the American reality, which in many ways may be different from European experiences. In many (most?) countries in Europe, we are privileged to have a generous parental leave and (rather) well-coordinated healthcare system. It doesn't change the fact that becoming a parent in the context of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit must be extremely challenging- and we need to recognize the need to support NICU parents not only d
  7. It’s been some time since I last posted here. Many things have changed in my life since then- the most important transition being my decision to move to Finland to work as a research fellow with the Baby-friendly Ventilation Study Group in Turku. The life of a beginning clinical researcher deserves a separate post here (it may even come at some point). To celebrate my first anniversary in Finland I would like to share 3 things I wish somebody had told me before I moved here. Enjoy! 1.Get nylon pants. The weather in Finland is truly whimsical. We have had a kind spring, warm summer, and
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    After (another) successful meeting with NAVA enthusiast from several countries, we are ready to announce the date of the next workshop! The goal of this event is to increase skills on the use of NAVA ventilation in the NICUs, which already have some experience with NAVA and they have a Servo-i or Servo-n ventilator. Date: 05-06.09.2019 Location: Turku, Finland Registration fee: 600€ + taxes (incl. lunches and refreshments during the workshops) How to register: contact Hanna Soukka (hanna.soukka@utu.fi or NAVA@tyks.fi before June 30, 2019) The preliminary program
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    The goal of this event is to increase skills on the use of NAVA ventilation in the NICUs, which already have some experience of NAVA and they have a Servo-i or Servo-n ventilator. Last 5 places available! Date: 24-25.01.2019 Location: Turku, Finland Registration fee: 600€ + taxes (incl. lunches and refreshments during the workshops) How to register: contact Hanna Soukka (hanna.soukka@utu.fi or NAVA@tyks.fi before November 30, 2018) Preliminary program is attached below. In case of any questions, don't hesitate to ask here or email! On behalf of Hanna
  10. Dear all, I would like to cordially invite you to join the NAVA ventilation workshops in Turku, Finland. The goal of this event is to increase skills on the use of NAVA ventilation in the NICUs, which already have some experience of NAVA and they have a Servo-i or Servo-n ventilator. We have last 5 places available! Date: 24-25.01.2019 Location: Turku, Finland Registration fee: 600€ + taxes (incl. lunches and refreshments during the workshops) How to register: contact Hanna Soukka (hanna.soukka@utu.fi or NAVA@tyks.fi before November 30, 2018) I've attached the
  11. 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 kotiloma day parents come to the unit with a car seat and a set of clothes. When the seat is warm and
  12. @Stefan Johansson I think that pushing the boundaries would be to intubate an infant on mothers chest during primary stabilization in the delivery room 😉I haven't heard about anybody doing that YET, but I'm watching carefully NINO Birth and Nils Bergman, they are very into KMC ; >
  13. 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 acute one. And then you need that special thing- a parent (or a caregiver), that is willing to help
  14. Thank for your encouraging comments @Aymen Eshene and @M C Fadous Khalife! I think that if the situation is stressful for the medical staff, it's probably also stressful for the baby and the parents. In those situations they could probably use even more of each other's support than when the baby is doing well. But I agree, we need to gather more information and tips from units like Turku, especially about how to cope with that stress around parents:) They do that every day for some years now! When it comes to space issues, it is a big problem. But I will try to show you, that the ch
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