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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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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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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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