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  1. 4th Annual National Conference of Association of Neonatal Therapists Mahatma Gandhi Occupational Therapy College (a constituent college of Mahatma Gandhi University of Medical Sciences & Association of Neonatal Therapists) Theme: Exploring Feeding Options Venue: Virtual WHO CAN ATTEND: Physiatrists, Neonatologists, Developmental Pediatrician, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech Therapists and Postgraduate Physiotherapy, Audiology &Speech Language Pathology, Certified Neonatal Therapist Conference registration link : https://forms.gle/Y5ySoWqB1UG7f7iZ7 SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM • Submission of Papers/Posters Abstracts (100 words in IM • Conference registration is mandatory for the presenters • Submission last date: on or before: 1st March, 2022 More information on https://www.neonataltherapy.org/ NEOANT - 2022ffff.pdf ASSOCIATION OF NEONATAL THERAPISTS.pdf
  2. Q INDIA EBUS The Best for NICU Q - INDIA EBUS is designed to protect the brain at the earliest for better performance throughout life. INDIA is an acronym for Individual Newborn Developmental Intervention Application. Individual intervention is based on the cues given by the baby and aimed at preventing stress on the immature developing brain. Technology is used for reliable and consistent care by all the team members to facilitate professional communication. A key element of the app is that all the components are measurable and you get a score for each developmentally supportive intervention. Begin early intervention during acute care rather than relying on the post-discharge developmental intervention. Key Features: An easy framework for offering Developmentally Supportive Care. Readymade suggestions for age-appropriate stimulation based on PMA Evidence-based practical solutions for brain-oriented care in the NICU Easy documentation and monitoring of neurodevelopmental care in the NICU
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    Each year, an estimated 15 million babies are born prematurely. There is an urgent need to improve long-term outcomes in addition to increasing survival. At the outset of care, neonatal therapists assist with the same goal. The Association of Neonatal Therapists will hold a quiz to raise awareness, empower people, and sensitize them to the issue. Simply register to take the quiz on World Prematurity Day 2021. Venue - Online Day - 17th November 2021 Time - 6.30pm to 7.15pm (IST) Registration link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf8tZuziBOTtDFGWi7Lz-EGykYVJNFwcIU-hp1zzGysSCdNhA/viewform
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    Third Annual National Conference of Neonatal Therapy (Virtual Event) More details on https://www.neonataltherapy.org/ https://www.nipmr.org.in/ Brochure_Neonatal-1-compressed.pdf
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    National institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (NIPMR) organizes the 3rd Annual National Conference of Association of Neonatal Therapists(ANT) in collaboration with ANT. VENUE: Virtual Platform DATE : 03.09.2021&04.09.2021 THEME: ‘Neonatal Therapy: Practice guidelines- Setting the trend ‘. Greetings from the desk of scientific committee of the 3rd Annual National Conference of Association of Neonatal Therapists (ANT.The scientific committee invites abstracts towards the 3rd d Annual National Conference of Association of Neonatal Therapists (ANT. GUIDELINES FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: 1.The abstracts should be based on the original research work of the professional. 2.The abstracts should be related to neonatology. 3.The abstracts should not be more than 250 words. 4.The abstract should include the Title, Author(s), Aims & Objectives, Methodology, Results and Conclusion. 5.The abstracts should be typed using Times New Roman &font, Size must be 12. 6.The spacing between paragraphs must be 1.5 The last date to submit the abstract is 12.08.2021. Abstracts should be sent to scicomneoant@gmail.com The scientific committee of NEOANT 2021 calls for essays from professionals & students of Occupational therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech & Language Pathology, Neonatology, Developmental Therapy & Developmental Pediatrics. For more information - https://www.nipmr.org.in/ https://www.neonataltherapy.org/ Theme for Essay: ‘’Innovations in Neonatal Therapy “ Scientific Committee NEOANT CONFERENCE2021
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    mHealthmHealth Event description Mobile technology is used for reliable & consistent "The Neonatal Integrative Developmental Care by all the team members. Key element of this is all the components are measurable and you will get a score for each developmentally supportive intervention. Rather than relying on the post discharge developmental intervention you can begin the early intervention during acute care.
  7. Dear Professional, I am writing to ask for your participation in a survey that aims to explore the issue of scope of neurodevelopmental care in NICU. This survey will immensely help the field of as it addresses a contemporary issue that may affect the future and growth of the this aspect of care across the world. Hence, your response to this survey is very critical. This is a short survey and takes only about 3-4 minutes to complete. The last day to complete this survey is May 10, 2020. Your participation in this survey is strictly voluntary and your responses will be kept confidential. Completing the survey indicates your consent to participate in this study. No personal identifying information will be associated with your responses in any reports of this data. Should you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact me via handsotcon@gmail.com Thank you for your participation! Sincerely, Nandgaonkar Hemant


    NEOANT2020 2nd Annual National Conference Theme "Integrating Trauma Informed Practice in NICU" Recognizing the enormity of the challenges our society faces, Association of Neonatal Therapists (ANT) is dedicated to making a lasting impact through our programs. While our efforts are driven by our organization’s singular focus, we spread a wide net by investing in a variety of progressive strategies. Time & Location 14 Mar, 8:00 am IST – 15 Mar, 6:00 pm IST; Surya Hospital, Mumbai, Santacruz, Mumbai About the Event Chief Guest : Dr. Mrudula Phadke, Sr. Advisor, National Rural Health Mission, Govt. of India; UNICEF Key Note of Address by Mary Coughlin A leader in neonatal nursing, Mary Coughlin MS, NNP, RNC-E has pioneered the concept of trauma-informed care as a biologically relevant paradigm for hospitalized newborns, infants, and their families. An internationally recognized expert in the field of age-appropriate care, Ms. Coughlin has over 35 years of nursing experience beginning in the US Air Force Nurse Corp and culminating in her current role as President and Chief Transformation Officer of Caring Essentials Collaborative. Ms. Coughlin authored the 2011 NANN Guidelines for Age Appropriate Care of the Premature and Critically Ill Hospitalized Infant and most recently authored the books: Transformative Nursing in the NICU: Trauma-informed, Age-appropriate Care (2014) and Trauma-informed Care in the NICU: Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines for Neonatal Clinicians (2016) - endorsed by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. Ms. Coughlin has mentored close to 10,000 interdisciplinary NICU clinicians from over 14 countries to transform the experience of care for the hospitalized infant and family in crisis. Reserve Your Free Seat Tentative Agenda First Day - Why and What Research I should do? - Dr. Nandkishor Kabra, Director, Surya Hospital, Mumbai Strategies for Knowledge Translation of Developmentally Supportive Care in NICU Dr. Amitava Sengupta , Fellowship Neonatology (Neth) ; FNNF Director: Mother & Child Unit, Neonatology & PediatricsParas Hospitals, Gurgaon (NCR), India Demonstration : Developmentally Supportive Care "Individual Newborn Developmental Intervention Application" Nandgaonkar Hemant Second Day - Scientific Session Submitted Topics (Subject to approval of Scientific Committee) Quality of care Trauma informed care in NICU-implications for occupational therapist. Development of INDIA EBUS - Brain Oriented Care in NICU Recent advances about Family centered care in NICU Neonatal Therapy Kit WHY, WHEN AND HOW TO POSITION IN NICU Article Presentation To analyse the effect of quality of sleep and level of fatigue in postpartum lactating mothers. A Systematic Review of different Pain Assessment Scales used in Neonates A Systematic Review of different Pain Assessment Scales used in Neonates Immediate effect of Diaper change Activity with Individualized Developmental Care on preterm neonates Neurobehavior. Time management during busy clinical setting Dr. Ulhas Kolhatkar, Director, Ace Children's Hospital, Dombivili Ex. Governor of Mumbai District, Rotary Club - Neonatal Therapy Certification Examination (Seperate Registration for Examination) Rs. 1000/- Registration Members - INR 5000 Non Members - INR 7550 Group of five Non members - INR 25000 Abstract Submission ends at 15th December, 2019 Patron: Dr. Nandakishor Kabra, Director, Surya Hospital, Mumbai Organizing Chairperson - Sanika Gawade Scientific Committee Chairperson - Jyothika Bijlani, Dean Academic Council of Occupational Therapy LIMITED SEATS Payment details Payment will be accepted by NEFT Bank Name :Canara Bank Branch :Mumbai, Parel Name of the Account holder :Association of Neonatal Therapists Account number :0110201004920 IFSC CODE :CNRB0000110 Simple Registration Process Pay by NEFT - Send Your details along with transaction details to neonataltherapistindia@gmail.com For more information, please visit https://www.neonataltherapy.org/


    INDIA EBUS is designed for protecting brain at the earliest for better performance throughout life. INDIA is an acronym for Individual Newborn Developmental Intervention Application. Individual intervention is based on the cues given by the baby and aimed at preventing stress on the immature developing brain. Technology is used for reliable and consistent care by all the team members. It facilitates the professional communication.The main feature of INDIA EBUS is all the strategies suggested are evidence based which is a cornerstone of specialty care. Another key element of this is all the components are measurable and you will get a score for each developmentally supportive intervention. Rather than relying on the post discharge developmental intervention you can begin the early intervention during acute care.Features of INDIA EBUS are• Cloud based software• Evidence Based strategies for newborn careSpecific & MeasurableNeuro protective• Developmentally Supportive.• Accountable system.• Assurance of documentation.• Timely assessment.• Practical solutionsINDIA EBUS should be used, monitored by every stakeholder in the newborn care team. It can be physician, nursing staff, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech therapist, mother, family members, administrative staff of the hospital or personnel at any managerial level. The face of INDIA EBUS panel informs everyone about the current level of care based on the indicators. The training is required to know the rationale and procedures for intervention. 768_IJAR-28636.pdf
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    https://www.mcascientificevents.eu/iccn2018/ MAIN TOPICS Hypothermia in preterms: what’s new? Teamworking in the NICU EPO and neuroprotection: an update NIDCAP and family-centered care Delivery of fetal CHD patients
  11. Caffeine has been used for over 30 years to treat episodes of apnea in preterm infants. Caffeine citrate is considered one of the most safety and effective drugs, with few or no side effects, used in our Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU). Many randomized studies describe the use and benefits of caffeine in the preterm population. Studies based on caffeine prophylactic use in preterm infants, as well as new indications out of apnea of prematurity have been recently published. Despite being one of the drugs most used in our NICU, are not yet available clinical practice guidelines and / or protocols in many of our NICU. Therefore, I invite you to participate in a study to determine the use of caffeine and its indications in NICUs around the world through the following survey. Once analyzed all the surveys, I promise to send you the results. Those you are interested you can send me your email adress and I will send you the survey. Dr. Laura Castells Vilella lauracastellsvilella@gmail.com Neonatologist and NICU’s Manager IDC Salud Hospital General de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain)
  12. One of my very early posts on this blog pertained to my fascination with an Israeli strategy of monitoring end tidal CO2 in place of drawing blood gases. Please see A Strategy to Minimize Blood Sampling in ventilated premature and term infants. The gist of this strategy is that by sampling distal CO2 measurements near the carina you obtain a non diluted sample of CO2 as compared to the traditional proximal end tidal measurement. The authors have shown this to be highly accurate compared to comparable arterial samples during both conventional and high frequency oscilatory ventilation. This month the same group published a follow-up study that has me excited again about this technological approach. The paper is entitled Impact of Continuous Capnography in Ventilated Neonates: A Randomized, Multicenter Study. In this multicentre study 55 infants were ventilated through double lumen endotracheal tubes. The first group of 25 were randomized to an open group in which the continuous CO2 measurement was available to clinicians to base ventilator management on. The second group had these values recorded but the treating physicians were blind and based ventilatory changes on arterial blood gas sampling. The primary outcome was based on the percentage of time pCO2 was kept between 30 - 60 with the goal range for permissive hypercapnea being 45 - 55. The Results "Compared with infants in the masked group, those in the monitored group had significantly (P = .03) less time with an unsafe dETCO2 level (high: 3.8% vs 8.8% or low: 3.8% vs 8.9%). The prevalence of intraventricular hemorrhage or periventricular leukomalacia rate was lower in the monitored group (P = .02) and was significantly (P < .05) associated with the independent factors dETCO2 monitoring and gestational age." The same held true for the blood gas values with statistically significant benefits in terms of keeping CO2 within the predefined safe range. My Interpretation The findings make a great deal of sense. Sampling continuously and adjusting ventilation in real time (assuming a strong correlation between EtCO2 and blood gases) makes sense. Blood gases done even every four hours can not compare to having results available continuously. As such I tend to believe the findings of better accuracy. Although the incidence of IVH and PVL are part of the secondary outcomes there is significant biologic plausability to these findings. We know that cerebral blood flow is very sensitive to PCO2 with low values causing cerebral vasoconstriction and high values dilation of these same vessels. Furthermore having wide swings in CO2 could lead to periods of ischemia and then significant reperfusion with resultant injury. Finding that these two outcomes are increased with intermittent sampling therefore is plausible and deserving of further study. Challenges That Need to Be Addressed Since the publications by the same group showing the accuracy of this method of sampling CO2 we have tried this strategy for several infants. In short, it works and is very accurate. We have been able to avoid many blood gases along the way but there remains a significant challenge with avoiding blockage of the second port for sampling. Furthermore, secretions if getting past the end of the port and into the microstream sampling device can damage the analyzer such that we have only one left functioning in our units. As eager as I am to roll this out as a change in practice we need to address these technical issues but once accomplished this may truly have an impact as a cerebral protective strategy for the preterm infant and with time and further long term outcomes available offer a meaningful way of reducing disability in this population.
  13. Few places left for this unique symposium. It is a collaboration between UCL, KCL and Imperial College London and brings together 3 active research centres in the field of Neonatal Neuroprotection. The course will cover current and future treatments, Insight in imaging modalities and discuss outcomes Will also offer the opportunity for practical small group workshops on imaging, EEG, aEEG, legal aspects To register please go to http://www.guysandstthomasevents.co.uk/paediatrics-training/london-neonatal-neuroprotection-symposium/ A4 flyer - Neuroprotection 2014 low res.pdf
  14. KCL, UCL, Imperial, Guys and St Thomas and Evelina London are organising a 2 day symposium on neonatal neurprotection, 29 - 30 May 2014 Details: http://www.guysandstthomasevents.co.uk/paediatrics-training/london-neonatal-neuroprotection-symposium/
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