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13 September 2019

5th Global Summit for Preemies

We kindly invite you to join the 5th Global Summit for Preemies to help advance the standards of care for preterm babies around the world. The Summit is dedicated to the...
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13 September 2019

World Prematurity Day 2019: Global claim out now

On 17 November, we will once more unite for World Prematurity Day. For the third time, the global community will celebrate jointly along with the common motto: Born too Soon:...
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01 September 2019

World Breastfeeding Week 2019: an interim update

During the first week in August, we celebrated World Breastfeeding Week with many partnering organisations and supporters. World Breastfeeding Week is a campaign organised by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding...
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22 August 2019

Online Journal Club by EFCNI

EFCNI hosts an Online Journal Club on 4 September, 2019 from 8 to 9 pm (UTC +2). It is conceptualised to provide participants with a better understanding of academic literature....
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30 July 2019

Professor Luc Zimmermann becomes Senior Medical Director of EFCNI

EFCNI proudly announces Professor Luc Zimmermann as Senior Medical Director of EFCNI as of October 1, 2019. As a widely recognised paediatrician and neonatologist, Professor Zimmermann will contribute to the...
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08 July 2019

First Online Journal Club by EFCNI

EFCNI hosts its first Online Journal Club on July 10, 2019 from 5 to 7 pm (UTC +2). It is conceptualised to provide participants with a better understanding of academic...
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05 July 2019

ESCNH information brochure is available in Greek and Bulgarian

The information brochure about the European Standards of Care for Newborn Health (ESCNH) are now also available in Greek and Bulgarian.  Our partner Organisation Ilitominon in Greece, Thermokoitida Agapis (Θερμοκοιτίδα...
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04 July 2019

Call for projects by the French Foundation for Cerebral palsy

The French Foundation for Cerebral Palsy "Fondation Paralysie Cérébrale", offers grants for research projects on Cerebral palsy and disorders that are associated with it (motor disorders, superior functions, epilepsy, sensory...
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04 July 2019

Roundtable workshop with parent representatives

Sharing knowledge and experience is key. That is why, on June 28-29, Silke Mader, Dr Johanna Walz and Dr Silvia Kolossa from EFCNI held a workshop on “How to organise...
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04 July 2019

Important milestones for preterm babies and their parents in the Slovak Republic

A guest article by Iveta Jančoková from the Slovakian parent organisation “maliček” In the Slovak Republic it is not very common that parent representatives have the opportunity to present their...
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03 July 2019

New baby? New app!

Saving precious moments on new Baby+ app It is a very convenient and also fun way to keep track on your pregnancy and your baby’s development using digital tools. The...
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02 July 2019

GLANCE – 1st Founding Committee Meeting

In January, EFCNI announced the founding of GLANCE, the Global Alliance for Newborn Care on the annual Parent Organisations Meeting.  After thorough planning and preparations, the first GLANCE Founding Committee...
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02 July 2019

eSeminar on support of parents in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)

How can you support parents in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)? Who would know better than someone who has been affected herself? Learn more in the eSeminar by the...
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28 May 2019

Every Newborn Everywhere: closing gaps in neonatal care – WHO and Unicef present Global report “Survive and Thrive” at WHO World Health Assembly in Geneva

A guest article by Livia Nagy Bonnard, EFCNI PAB member and co-founder of Melletted a helyem Egyesület (Right(s) beside you) Each year, health officials from all 194 WHO Member States...
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28 May 2019

Act early! Screen early! May is dedicated to our pre-eclampsia awareness campaign

May is Pre-eclampsia Awareness Month and 22 May is World Pre-eclampsia Day. We have been committed in raising awareness for this severe pregnancy complication ever since and launched our new,...
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28 May 2019

Weltstillwoche: Eltern stärken für das Stillen

Bereits zum vierten Mal in Folge feiert und unterstützt EFCNI  die Weltstillwoche. Unter dem diesjährigen Thema Eltern stärken für das Stillen (orig. Empower parents, enable breastfeeding ), setzt sich die...
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28 May 2019

Empower Parents – Enable Breastfeeding: EFCNI supports World Breastfeeding Week 2019

To support this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, EFCNI is reaching out to healthcare experts AND mothers as well as their partners with a survey, asking for your experiences, advice, challenges...
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28 May 2019

Global report “Survive and Thrive; Transforming care for every small and sick newborn” presented at WHO World Health Assembly

After a thorough researching, writing and editing process, the report “Survive and Thrive; Transforming care for every small and sick newborn” was presented at the 72nd World Health Organization (WHO)...
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27 May 2019

Parental perspectives on neonatology and paediatric intensive care: EFCNI at the GNPI congress in Leipzig

The Annual Meeting of the Society for Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine (GNPI) traditionally is one of the most important platforms in Germany to exchange views and latest research...
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24 May 2019

New e-learning resource: Preterm birth information for education professionals

Professor Samantha Johnson and the PRISM (Premature Infants’ Skills in Mathematics) Study team developed a new e-learning resource for teachers to help explain the impact being born preterm can have...
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22 May 2019

The NICU of the future: design meets function

Standards in practice - Best practice example for standards of care depicting the NICU of the future written by Dr Atle Moen, Consultant in neonatology at the Department of Neonatology,...
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17 May 2019

Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in preterm babies

Interview with Associate Professor Luke Jardine   Luke Jardine works as Staff Specialist Neonatology at Mater Hospital, Brisbane, Australia, Division of Neonatology. He is the author of numerous research publications...
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16 May 2019

European Commission launches new version of the Union Register on May 3, 2019

The European Commission launched a new version of its Union Register of medicinal products, listing all medicinal products authorised by the Commission, in total over 1,300 medicines. The Union Register...
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10 May 2019

Happy anniversary TinyLife! Our Northern Irish partner organisation turned 30

„We may be Tiny but we aim to make a big impression“ Our heartfelt congrats to TinyLife, our partner organisation from Northern Ireland, for 30 years of committed and sustainable...
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09 May 2019

Ellerini yikamak kolaydir – “Wash your hands – it’s easy” goes international

Thorough handwashing is an easy and fast health measure. It reduces bacteria on your hands and hence decreases the risk to catch an infection - plus it prevents the spreading...
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27 April 2019

New awareness week dedicated to mental health support for parents and families

The Neonatal Mental Health Awareness Week is a new momentum to raise awareness for the impact on mental health that a stay at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has...
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19 April 2019

Standards of Care for Small and Sick Newborns Report: EFCNI participates in WHO meeting

To benefit from expert input in order to finalise the report on Transforming Care for Every Small and Sick Newborn, the World Health Organization (WHO) has hosted a three-day technical...
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12 April 2019

EFCNI at the 2nd World Congress on Maternal Fetal and Neonatal Medicine in London

Too early for Baby Sussex but in time for the 2nd World Congress on Maternal Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. For the second time, EFCNI participated at this biennial international congress,...
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06 April 2019

EFCNI participates in 2nd Global Forum on Economic Crisis, Women’s Health and DOHaD Consequences

Discussing the consequences of economic crisis on women’s and children’s health: the 2nd Global Forum on Economic Crisis, Women's Health and DOHad Consequences at the Royal College of Obstetricians and...
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02 April 2019

Brochure about European Standards of Care for Newborn Health

Would you like to know more about the newly released European Standards of Care for Newborn Health  that will shape the future of newborn health in Europe? Then our information...
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02 April 2019

First World NIDCAP Day

Raising awareness for infant- and family-centred developmental care On 20 March, the NIDCAP Federation International (NFI) celebrated the first World NIDCAP Day. The aim is to raise awareness for the...
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15 March 2019

Delaying cord clamping – beneficial for ill or preterm born babies

Start-up introduces new solution to enable caregivers to provide care, close to the mother, with the umbilical cord still intact For babies who are born healthy, the World Health Organisation...
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20 February 2019

Final SHIPS project members meeting in Rome

At the end of January, all members of the SHIPS project – Screening to Improve Health in Very Preterm Infants in Europe (SHIPS) – met in Rome, Italy, for the...
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19 February 2019

Book Review: Breastfeeding and breast milk – from biochemistry to impact

Published by the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation and the Georg Thieme Verlag  “Breastfeeding and breast milk – from biochemistry to impact” explores the multifaceted, multidisciplinary, and complex world of breastfeeding, breast...
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01 February 2019

Meeting of RECAP preterm consortium in Rome

In January, the RECAP preterm consortium (Research on European Children and Adults born Preterm) met in Rome to wrap up and evaluate the project's second working year. 85 professionals from...
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17 December 2018

Lighthouse project: Developmental care – from theory to practice

A guest article by Dr Susanne Rücker, paediatrician , Hospital "Dritter Orden", Munich, Germany Developmental care is a paramount aspect in the care of preterm babies. Being a neonatal unit...
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17 December 2018

Legislation on medicines for children and rare diseases open for public consulation

An evaluation by the European Commission covers the legislation on medicines for special purposes, in particular medicines for children and medicines to treat rare diseases. The evaluation will assess to...
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14 December 2018

Ukraine: All things neonatal

In October, our partners from the Ukrainian Preemie Parent Association "Ранні пташки" (Early Birds), the Association of Neonatologists of Ukraine, the "Institute of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology of NAMS of...
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14 December 2018

New global report shows: Nearly 30 million sick and preterm newborns in dire need of treatment every year

We are honoured to announce that EFCNI is among the co-editors of a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, representing the voice of parents whose children...
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14 December 2018

Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year 2019

Throughout the year we could witness your commitment in raising awareness for the needs of preterm babies and their parents, in addressing issues and hence, in improving newborn care. This...
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14 December 2018

11 months – 11 topics – lighthouse highlights in 2018

As part of our communication motto "11 months – 11 topics" in 2018, we introduced the concept of lighthouse projects. Every month, we featured one or more lighthouse projects. These...
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02 December 2018

Neonatologie der Zukunft – neue Wege gehen: EFCNI Jubiläumskonferenz setzt neue Impulse

Am Freitag, 30. November und Samstag 1. Dezember 2018, lud EFCNI anlässlich des 10-jährigen Stiftungsjubiläums, zur ersten eigenen neonatologischen Fachkonferenz in das Klinikum Dritter Orden, München. Das Symposium, im historischen Vortragssaal...
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29 November 2018

The European Standards of Care for Newborn Health are published

This set of standards will have an impact on future generations in Europe and beyond, setting a new benchmark for the care of preterm and ill babies. Five years after...
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20 November 2018

Munich Olympic Tower goes purple to celebrate World Prematurity Day

On November 17, once again, many buildings all over the world were gleaming in purple to celebrate World Prematurity Day (WPD) to raise awareness for the challenges preterm babies and...
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16 November 2018

Nedoklubko launches campaign “Help us with a heart” at World Prematurity Day festivities in Prague

For the eighth time, our Czech partnering parent organisation Nedoklubko, has hosted and organised a conference in anticipation of World Prematurity Day 2018 at the prestigious Žofín Palace in Prague, Czech...
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14 November 2018

New translations of position paper on camera systems in the NICU available

The position paper Camera systems for live streaming in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is now available in English, Spanish, and Hungarian. It is based on the results of...
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08 November 2018

RSV – a respiratory virus that can become dangerous for preterm babies

Interview with Prof Luc J.I. Zimmermann Prof. Zimmermann, in adults, how does a typical course of infection with RSV look like and how frequent is it? RSV infections are very...
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29 October 2018

How colostrum banking can help breastfeeding newborns at risk

Expressing first milk before birth and feeding it to a newborn is called colostrum banking. Dr Vökt from the Women’s Hospital in Grabs, Switzerland, gave us an interview explaining in...
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24 October 2018

Lighthouse project hospital hygiene: How to implement hygiene measures in a hospital – and foster compliance

The WHO campaign Clean Your Hands aims to improve awareness of the importance of hand hygiene in health care and to actually promote change and reduce the number of infections...
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23 October 2018

Neue Eltern-Broschüre “Muttermilch für Frühgeborene“ jetzt erhältlich

Wir freuen uns, unsere neue Eltern-Broschüre "Muttermilch für Frühgeborene - Nahrung für Körper und Seele" vorzustellen! Hier finden Mamas von Frühgeborenen sowie deren Partner und Familienangehörige nicht nur zahlreiche praktische...
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27 September 2018

Lighthouse project: Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education

The Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education (FINE) programme is an educational pathway in infant and family-centred developmental care for all healthcare professionals working in neonatal care. The overall goal is...
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17 September 2018

Horizon Europe will follow on Horizon 2020

For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing €100 billion for research and innovation. A new programme – Horizon Europe – will build on the achievements and...
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07 September 2018

Lighthouse project: Baby simulator doll Paul helps to train emergency scenarios with preterm babies

A guest article by Dr Rangmar Goelz and Dr Karen Kreutzer from the University Children’s Hospital Tübingen Last year, the neonatal ward in the University Clinic Tübingen/Germany started, as one...
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28 August 2018

The role of fathers in breastfeeding

Men can play an important role when it comes to breastfeeding. Within our monthly topic of “Nutrition”, we wanted to get to the bottom of this issue and talked to...
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23 August 2018

Human milk banking

A guest article by Professor Jean-Charles Picaud, President of European Milk Bank Association (EMBA) Health benefits of breastfeeding are well-known in healthy term infants. These benefits are even greater in...
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17 August 2018

Kangaroo sweaters for Hungarian hospital

Thanks to numerous donors, and with the support of Laura Bavalics on behalf of her husband PhD. Zack Boukydis' memory fund, we supplied the NICU in Miskolc, Hungary, with so...
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06 August 2018

Lighthouse Project: Human milk is the best for infants

A guest article by Dr Margarita Tzaki, Director of the Neonatology Department / NICU at ELENA VENIZELOU hospital in Athens, Greece The ELENA VENIZELOU hospital in Athens, Greece, was founded...
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30 July 2018

Lighthouse Project: Palliative Care and grief counselling in Peri- und Neonatology

New guiding principles published - a remarkable project in the field of "Ethical decision-making and palliative care" a guest article by Katarina Eglin from the German Federal association "Das frühgeborene...
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27 July 2018

Lighthouse Project: the neonatal butterfly project – support for grieving parents and guidance for health professionals

July is the month where we shed light on the complex and sensitive topic of ethical decision making and palliative care in neonatology and obstetrics. One outstanding project as part...
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19 July 2018

EFCNI roundtable on neonatal parenteral nutrition

On 4 July 2018, experts from various European countries came together in Munich, Germany, for the EFCNI roundtable on neonatal parenteral nutrition. Parenteral nutrition is a feeding therapy that provides...
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09 July 2018

There is a great need for urgent pan-European harmonisation

An interview with Professor Charles Christoph Roehr, President of the European Society for Paediatric Research, on the topic Medical care and clinical practice In terms of medical practice in neonatology...
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27 June 2018

Surfactant replacement therapy – a milestone in neonatology

The Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) is a lung disorder that is mostly seen in preterm babies, especially those born before week 30. It is caused by a lack of surfactant,...
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26 June 2018

Lighthouse project: a baby saving innovation – the Embrace infant warmer

One of our lighthouse projects in the field of Medical care is the Embrace warmer. It was designed to improve healthcare in low-resource settings to help vulnerable newborns survive and...
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22 June 2018

EFCNI at the annual meeting of the GNPI

The 44th annual meeting of the GNPI (Society for Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine) took place from 7 – 9 June 2018 in Rostock, Germany. About 1,300 experts were...
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15 June 2018

BOOK REVIEW: “Nutritional Care of Preterm Infants: Scientific Basis and Practical Guidelines”

Koletzko B, Poindexter B, Uauy R (eds.): Nutritional Care of Preterm Infants: Scientific Basis and Practical Guidelines. World Rev Nutr Diet. Basel, Karger, 2014, vol 110.   The book Nutritional...
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13 June 2018

SHIPS (Screening to Improve Health in Very Preterm Infants in Europe) meeting in Antwerp

At the beginning of June 2018 all members of the SHIPS project – Screening to Improve Health in Very Preterm Infants in Europe (SHIPS) – met in Antwerp, Belgium, for...
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30 May 2018

Lighthouse project in NICU design: the new Parents, Baby and Family Centre at the Children’s Hospital Dritter Orden Passau, Germany

After five years of intensive planning and construction work, last year the Dritter Orden Clinic in Passau, South Germany,  celebrated the opening of its new Parents-Baby-and Family centre. Realising this...
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30 May 2018

An interior planner‘s view on the new Parents, Baby, and Family Centre in the Children’s Hospital Dritter Orden Passau

An interview with interior planner Sigrid Stjerneby As an interior architect, which special requirements did you face in this project? I would like to point out that I am not an...
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30 May 2018

An architect‘s view on the new Parents, Baby, and Family Centre in the Children’s Hospital Dritter Orden Passau

An interview with Roland Schuster from g|s architects in Büchlberg, Germany Which special challenges did you meet as the architect of this project? The Parents, Baby, and Family Centre (Eltern-,...
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30 May 2018

A chief physician’s view on the new Parent, Baby, and Family Centre in the Children’s Hospital Dritter Orden Passau

A guest article by Professor Matthias Keller, head physician and clinical manager of the children’s hospital Dritter Orden Passau The idea: Arranging intensive care and cosiness, so that families can authentically...
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29 May 2018

Pregnancy and Pre-eclampsia – an interview with high-risk patient Cathleen Simnick

Question: Have you ever come across the term Pre-eclampsia before or in the beginning of your pregnancy? Cathleen Simnick: Frankly speaking, I have never heard of pre-eclampsia before I got...
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17 May 2018

EFCNI at the Annual Meeting of ESPGHAN

The 51st Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 9 to 12 May 2018. At the EFCNI booth,...
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16 May 2018

Lighthouse Project: NICU Design at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

A guest article by Vita Lerman, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, USA Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is a state-of-the-art, 22-floor facility that opened...
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14 May 2018

Relaunch of EFCNI website and newsletter

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of EFCNI in 2018, the EFCNI website came up in a fresh, modern design. The aim was to give users an easy access...
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17 April 2018

Lung function in children born extremely preterm

Some babies born too early show signs and symptoms later in life that may be long-term consequences of preterm birth. To look at this in more detail, follow-up studies are...
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17 April 2018

Against all odds

An interview with Gert van Steenbrugge and his preterm born daughter Anja In 1989, Gert van Steenbrugge became father of Anja. Due to the HELLP syndrome her mother developed, Anja...
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12 March 2018

Community Based Newborn Care Package:

A community based approach to reducing neonatal mortality in Nepal Each year, nearly 35,000 Nepali children die before their fifth birthday, with almost two-thirds of these deaths occurring in the...
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27 November 2017

The benefits of the less invasive surfactant application (LISA) in preterm infants

Infants born without enough surfactant may develop a condition called respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). RDS occurs in preterm infants due to the immaturity of their lungs and inability to make...
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07 October 2016

The “travelling NICU”

Transport of high-risk neonates in Portugal A guest article by Professor Hercília Guimarães NICU, Centro Hospitalar São João, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal Alameda Professor Hernâni Monteiro,...
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14 March 2016

When every second counts

IVENA eHealth in the ambulance service sector A guest article by Roland Dollmeier, Managing Director of the Munich Emergency Services Association (Rettungszweckverband München - RVZ) The interdisciplinary medical supply compass (in...
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