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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 thrive. When infants are born preterm, they lack the body fat that is necessary to regulate their own temperature. As a consequence, room temperature can feel…
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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 on site and informed about the latest scientific findings with the goal to strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration. Chairwoman of EFCNI Silke Mader and Vice Chair Nicole Thiele took the chance to introduce current projects of the foundation: Silke Mader and Nicole Thiele together with Dr Mike Possner…
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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 Care of Preterm Infants: Scientific Basis and Practical Guidelines (Volume editors: B. Koletzko, B. Poindexter, R. Uauy) provides a detailed overview on nutrient requirements and the practice of nutritional care in preterm infants, with a particular focus on very low birth weight infants. In 22 chapters written by various experts…
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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 the second last two-day meeting. SHIPS has almost finished data collection and the results are about to accede, first analyses of data are already ongoing. A strategic action plan for analysis and reporting as well as priority research themes for the coming year has been developed. Furthermore, concrete steps how…
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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 lighthouse project in the field of NICU design was a task that brought varied specialists from many different subjects like medical engineers, architects and interior designers as well as medical staff, together in order to make this intensive care unit a place that meets the needs of both the small…
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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 interior architect in a classical sense. I have a background in free arts, I am a painter and sculptor and 25 years ago I founded a planning office together with my husband because we do not understand art within architecture (so called „Kunst am Bau“) as some kind of decoration,…
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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-, Baby- und Familienzentrum, abbreviated as EBZ) in the Children’s Hospital Dritter Orden Passau was destined to be a very special project from the very beginning. Making it happen required assembling a planning team, which would be willing to embark on this adventure. With the starting point being the defined processes…
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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 be families! The core concept and intention are obvious: This is a matter of optimally supporting the development of preterm and ill born babies, to improve their life chances. “Our aspiration is care and medicine on a peak level, so that ill and preterm born babies develop in a proper…
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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 pregnant. I did know the term ‘toxemia of pregnancy’ but I had no idea what this was actually all about.  Did you notice any of the “typical” symptoms of pre-eclampsia? If so, when and in which form did they appear? During my pregnancy I had a subtle form of placental…
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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, our colleagues Johanna and Philine represented the foundation and informed participants about our general work and current projects. Johanna Walz, Professor Berthold Koletzko, Philine Jaeger In addition, we used this congress to launch several new publications: • The position paper and toolkit for promoting human milk banks are now available…
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