Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Infant journal is the leading UK publication for the multidisciplinary team that cares for vulnerable sick or premature babies in their first year of life. Published bi-monthly, the journal contains authoritative articles with a clinical or practical bias written by experts in their field.

Abstracts of all articles are freely accessible by using the site search, or by browsing back issues. The full text of articles published from 2005 until May 2020 are available free of charge.

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Current issue: May 2022

The impact of a local QI project to avoid hypothermia and maintain normothermia in preterm infants following delivery
Ceri Murphy, Laura Kelly Beya Obe Bonse Rachel Job-Vinu Silvy Koshy Mina Wanti, Claire Howarth
Maintaining normothermia reduces morbidity and mortality of preterm infants. The aim of this quality improvement (QI) project was to improve compliance with the National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) standard of >90% of infants born at <32 weeks’ gestation having an admission temperature of 36.5-37.5°C. The project assesses outcomes in a tertiary medical neonatal intensive care unit before and after introducing a set of improvement measures, and reports the long-term sustainability since the initial project completed.

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Pseudotumoral cystitis: a case of acute urinary retention in a newborn
Arameh Aghababaie, Hesham El Sayed
Pseudotumoral cystitis is a subtype of eosinophilic cystitis – a rare inflammatory bladder condition with a wide range of clinical presentations. In this article, we describe the case of a male infant with an antenatally diagnosed unilateral hydronephrosis, presenting at 24 hours of age with urinary retention. An initial urinary tract ultrasound scan showed a hyperechoic bulge at the bladder base with persistent hydronephrosis. As far as we can tell, this is the second case of neonatal pseudotumoral cystitis and the ninth case of paediatric pseudotumoral cystitis to be reported in the literature.

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Translation of in situ neonatal high-fidelity simulation training: identification and mitigation of latent safety threats
Charu Bhatia, Geraldine Mangan, Jessie Mertalla, Ather Ahmed
This study aimed to use in situ high-fidelity neonatal simulation training to identify latent safety threats in various neonatal scenarios. Having identified the threats, we then developed and implemented system improvement actions to mitigate them. We translated what we learnt from the mitigation process to real-life events. In this way we hope to improve upon our efficiency, quality of care, and patient safety.

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Anxiety: an invisible complication of pregnancy
Catherine A. Pankonien, Sandra M. Groth, Cesar Alvarado
Depression is commonly diagnosed during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. While it is largely recognised as a problem, anxiety is often misdiagnosed as depression. Anxiety during pregnancy and in the postpartum period can hinder maternal-infant bonding and manifest as an inability to cope. Pregnant and postpartum women should be screened for anxiety disorders frequently to engage in proper treatment.

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From the May 2020 edition

 FREE  National research to understand and better manage neonatal COVID-19
Chris Gale on behalf of The Neonatal Complications of COVID-19 Surveillance Group

The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 was identified in late December 2019 and causes coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This disease has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization and is an international public health crisis. So far there is only relatively limited information describing the incidence, clinical course, treatments or outcomes of SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 in neonates up to 28 days old.

 FREE  Parents are caregivers not visitors, even during a pandemic
Josie Anderson, Caroline Lee-Davey

 FREE  Embrace neonatal MRI system: mitigating infection risk in the NICU

 FREE  Advancing the science of human milk to benefit more infants

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Embrace neonatal MRI system: mitigating infection risk in the NICU

Published in Volume 16/Issue 3, May 2020

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