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 March 2022 are available free of charge.

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Current issue: March/April 2024

To KP or not to KP: a retrospective cohort study
Rosie Roots, Christine Hesketh, Salim Yasin
Neonatal sepsis is a leading cause of neonatal mortality; however, it is also acknowledged that current guidelines overtreat this condition. Some units across the UK have transitioned to the Kaiser Permanente (KP) sepsis risk calculator (KPSRC) in an effort to reduce unnecessary early onset neonatal sepsis (EONS) screens. This study compares the sensitivity and specificity of the KPSRC to current guidance using a retrospective cohort approach. It aims to identify whether the use of the KPSRC has the potential to reduce unnecessary bed days without resulting in a potential increase in missed cases of sepsis.

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Tranexamic acid use in the non-surgical neonatal population: a scoping review
Jennifer Peterson, Kate Pritchard, Susan Kamupira, Ruth Gottstein, Ian Dady
Tranexamic acid (TXA) is recommended for use in paediatric major haemorrhage situations and paediatric surgery where major blood loss is anticipated. There are no recommendations regarding the use of TXA for major bleeding for neonates in a non-surgical context. This review evaluates existing literature relating to TXA use in neonates outside the surgical context. The limited available evidence indicates TXA can be a useful adjunct in management of neonatal non-surgical haemorrhage.

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Understanding management practice for monitoring and discharging BPD patients
Sinead Carton, Theodore Dassios, Ian Sinha, Stephen Wardle
With a lack of national guidelines outlining specific management and discharge criteria, a retrospective analysis was undertaken for a bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) clinic in a tertiary centre to determine the efficacy of its protocol. This concluded consistently positive outcomes, inferring that the criteria used are appropriate for management and discharge. A survey was subsequently undertaken to determine the degree of congruence nationally. It was found that there were many similarities in practice, particularly with respect to discharge criteria, suggesting an appropriate basis from which a protocol could be established.

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A surprise case of triskeles: a three-legged neonate
Meenu Giffi, Pooja Siddhi
Derived from the Greek word triskeles meaning three legs, the triskele is an ancient symbol made up of three spirals or three legs joined at the centre. A supernumerary limb, or polymelia, is a rare congenital anomaly in humans and this article presents the case of a term infant born with a limb-like appendage attached to the medial aspect of the left thigh.

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From the March 2022 edition

 FREE  Helping perinatal nurses cope with patient death
Catherine A. Pankonien, Sandra M. Groth

The death of an infant or maternal loss can be distressing for the staff that cared for them. Grief is an emotional reaction to loss and must be recognised among perinatal and neonatal nursing staff. Coping with stress and grief is important to enhance a nurse’s quality of life and decrease compassion fatigue and burnout in the workplace. This article considers the background and evidence of the problem, recommendations for change, and outcome influences. Healthy coping strategies are outlined, as well as ways in which staff and management can help each other to cope with the stress and grief of patient loss.

 FREE  A dorsal urethral cyst in a newborn:an image case report
Sarah Arthur, Pieter Van-Hensbergen

 FREE  A welcome result of an unwelcome virus? Evaluation of video consultations within a neonatal service
Jenna Deeming, Catherine Armstrong, Ngozi Edi-Osagie

 FREE  Healthcare professionals’ views to inform revision of the NEWTT tool
Shalini Ojha, Kathryn Macallister, Sara Abdula, John Madar, Oliver Rackham, Wendy Tyler

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