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I'm working on becoming more actively involved with NANN but thought I would use this as a resource for a moment to promote that I am planning education in Charleston SC for Kangaroo Care and would invite anyone who would want to attend a 1 day conference here in this beautiful city to participate in our planning survey so that we may gauge need. We would like to capture as many who are interested in possible, especially if they work in a Level II or NICU within the SC so please forward this on to as many contacts as possible ! Thank you again for your participation, you will find the link to the survey below. You may...
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Mini Flow

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I was wondering if any units are using Mini Flow masks and prongs from NCPAP. If so, how is it working in you unit? Any issues, concerns? Thanks for your input. Terri Folker St. Petersburg, FL
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If you are looking for a change or are a new graduate, please consider Mercy Medical Center's Level III NICU. We would love to talk to you to see if we are a good fit for your professional goals. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Mercy is a Level III-B NICU delivering comprehensive care to the smallest of patients in Baltimore. Our incredibly cohesive Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) team, offering self-scheduling, and dual NNP 24/7 clinical coverage is currently seeking a fellow NNP to join this dynamic group. The successful candidate will provide independent assessment, identification, diagnosis and treatment of critically ill newborns. The NNP...
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hi, what do you guys follow in your policy regarding gentamicin trough levels and vancomycin trough levels?
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We have had an issue with the bifurcated feeding side port collecting over time with formula or breast milk even with judicial flushing after access. We are proposing to go to a non bifurcated tube and have the bifurcation on the extension tubing, yet some staff are preferring to stay with the bifurcated feeding tube. Can i ask how many use a bifurcated feeding tube and rationale to keep it? Thanks ahead of time on your responses.
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Staffing for PICCs

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Good Afternoon, I am interested in how your facilities staff for PICC line procedures: insertions, dressing changes, trouble shooting, removals etc. If your hospital uses bedside nurses for the procedures, who watches the inserter's patients? Who watches the patient having the procedure? Do you have any guidelines you can share? Thanks. ~Angela Ramos RNC-NIC, BSN
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Wound/stoma care

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Hi, I am looking for good resource to learn Wound and Stoma care in neonate. Please, email me if you know. I would appreciate you. Yeoun Park
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Bubble CPAP

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Hello, I am looking to see if anyone would share their protocols/guidelines for bubble CPAP, interested in the devices and cannulas used to provide Bubble CPAP ??? How long do ELBW infants stay on Bubble CPAP and what protocol /procedures are used for discontinuing ??? Thanks so much for your help.
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needleless PAL system

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HI. We are looking for a needleless PAL device to draw blood. I would appreciate any input from other facilities currently using this system.
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Hi everyone. I was hoping to hear what some of the NICU practices are with babies that have been discharged and need to be readmitted. Do you readmit to the NICU? If you have an open NICU how do you decrease the risk of exposure to the other babies? Do you have a guideline of the max age you would bring back to the NICU? If they are readmitted to the Peds division do you place the Neonatologist on consult? Sorry for all of the questions. Thank You Theresa Martinez
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We have a policy to wear gloves for a specific population in the NICU (<1250gm or/& < 30wks), all IV care (peripheral or central) & any body fluid contact. There is a push to wear gloves all the time for all patients with any contact, the only skin to skin touch will be with the parent when they visit. Living in an evidence based world, I need supportive evidence for this argument. Does anyone utilize gloves all the time for all patients? Do you have literature to support this?
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For the units using prolacta - when do you start your patients on multivitamins? Thank you for your feedback, Jennifer Boyle jennifer.boyle@stjoeshealth.org
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Dress Code for NICU

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Hi! I would like to find out if there is any evidence to support wearing hospital-provided scrubs for NICU staff (i.e., decrease in infection rates)? We are moving toward bringing our own scrubs to work and donning at work. Is that what most NICUs are doing now? Thanks so much for your feedback! ~Laura Bravos ( laura.bravos@alexian.net )
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Gastric distention

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I would like to know what your procedure is for preventing gastric distention when CPAP is used. How do you accomplish drainage to gravity, and what to you use to catch any gastric fluid drainage? Thank you. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sarah Bassett, MSN, RN Laredo, TX
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Job Duties Confusion

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A local hospital recently (May 2014) added 24/7 NNP coverage for their Women's Center. They currently deliver low-risk 34 weeks and above and have averaged ~500 deliveries/yr. With the support of NNP's/Neonatology, the OB providers hope to increase those numbers and decrease the gestational age at delivery to 32 weeks in the future. We currently attend all deliveries as support and to introduce the role to the staff and community. Before NNP's, a pediatrician was on-call (not in-house) and would come from home or clinic for risky deliveries such as MSAF, vacuum extraction, NRFHT, etc. Several pediatricians were lost due to dissatisfaction with this aspect...
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NANN and NANNP are pleased to announce a Membership Scholarship Program for newly graduated NNPs. The scholarships will provide one year complimentary NANN/NANNP membership to 20 newly graduating NNPs. (Scholarship recipients must be graduates of an NNP program in 2014 or plan to graduate by May of 2015.) We encourage you to share the value of NANN/NANNP membership, along with this new scholarship opportunity with any NNP students or newly graduated colleagues you may have. To apply for the scholarship, individuals may use this link. The deadline to submit an application is February 1, 2015. Please note that this program was made possible...
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NANN and NANNP are pleased to announce a Membership Scholarship Program for newly graduated NNPs. The scholarships will provide one year complimentary NANN/NANNP membership to 20 newly graduating NNPs. (Scholarship recipients must be graduates of an NNP program in 2014 or plan to graduate by May of 2015.) We encourage you to share the value of NANN/NANNP membership, along with this new scholarship opportunity with any NNP students or newly graduated colleagues you may have. To apply for the scholarship, individuals may use this link. The deadline to submit an application is February 1, 2015. We are thrilled to be able to offer a membership...
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Our NICU will sometimes have babies stay up to one year of age. We use NPASS scale for all of our patients but these patients are no longer neonates. Does anyone use a pediatric pain scale for patients in the NICU and if so which one? And at what corrected gestational age (>44 weeks CGA?) would you change the pain scale?
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We have recently been utilizing nasal trumpets in the management of pierre robin patients. We had to improvise a system to keep them in place. This requires placing a small hole in the outer tip of the trumpet, and threading umbilical ties through the holes, and then taping the ties in place with tegaderm or use trach ties. We would appreciate any protocol, procedures or guidelines that have been effective for anyone else. Thanks
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Our Level 3 NICU has recently been recieving our post op patients back into our units with epidurals in place for pain management. Because the RNs do not have a protocol for managing the epidural (operating the pump or changing out the medication bags etc), the anesthesiologist changes out the bags and changes the bags. They would like the RNs to take over this responsibilities. Do any other NICUs have any policies, procedures, our guidelines for RNs? We would appreciate any input. Thanks
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