Tag: Pediatrics

Pediatric patients benefit from calming, quiet OR environment

Takeaways • Children are not small adults. Greater attention should be paid to their fears and anxiety, and equipment and medication should be tailored to meet their needs. • All staff should have Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification. • ASCs can use toys and games as distractions to ease…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
January 19, 2023
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Parents’ COVID-19 vaccination status linked to children's hospital admissions

Editor's Note This French study finds that during the Delta and Omicron periods of COVID-19, parents’ vaccination status was associated with hospital admissions for their children younger than 5 years of age, for whom vaccines were not licensed. During the study period, 599 children were admitted to the hospital. For…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 17, 2022
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A success story: Coordination, teamwork, and collaboration in aerodigestive procedures

The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago has a mission: to successfully serve children with complex airway disorders requiring pulmonary, upper digestive tract, sleep, voice, and swallowing evaluations. As a 360-bed facility ranked among the country’s top children’s hospitals by US News & World Report and housing more than 1,800…

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By: W. Zeh Wellington, DNP, RN, NE-BC and Aisha Badla, BSN, RN, CPN
November 17, 2022
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Pediatric COVID-19 cases continue to surge amid low vaccination rates

Editor's Note There has been a significant surge of COVID-19 cases among children for 2 consecutive weeks, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published on November 3, Becker’s Hospital Review November 9 reports. In the first week of November, almost 30,000 children tested positive for…

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By: Bridget Brown
November 10, 2022
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Reducing noise in the OR improves children’s postop behavior

Editor's Note Reducing noise in the OR positively affects children’s postoperative behavior, according to research presented October 24 at the Anesthesiology 2022 annual meeting in New Orleans. The study, led by researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, included 64 preschool children (ages 4 to 5 years old) having general…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 27, 2022
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Rise in child RSV cases may cause hospital capacity strain in the winter

Editor's Note A “sharp rise” in cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) this fall is worrying staff at US hospitals, who fear what may happen to the capacity of hospitals and other healthcare facilities if RSV, influenza, and COVID-19 infections peak around the same time this winter, The Washington Post…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
October 25, 2022
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Pediatric SSIs after ambulatory surgery

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, New York, finds that morbidity is also associated with surgical site infections (SSIs) after ambulatory surgery in children. Of 65,056 patients analyzed and 13, 795 chart reviews, 45 SSIs were identified after pediatric ambulatory surgery. The weighted…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 3, 2022
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Weekend elective surgery program reduces COVID-19 backlog

Editor's Note This Canadian study finds that hospitals impacted by COVID-19 can reduce their surgical backlogs by scheduling elective surgeries on the weekends. Using machine learning algorithms, the researchers demonstrated that even after resuming their usual level of surgical cases, the wait list would not decrease without a substantial increase…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 1, 2022
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Long-term immune response to COVID-19 in children, adults

Editor's Note This Italian study describes the long-term features of the immune response to COVID-19 for different ages after mild infection. In this cohort of 252 family clusters with COVID-19, the immune response persisted until 12 months after infection in all age groups, with significantly higher antibody peaks for younger…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 13, 2022
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Childcare-related employment disruptions during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill finds that childcare-related employment disruptions increased by nearly one-third in 2020 and was higher in caregivers for children with special healthcare needs, low-income families, and children from racial and ethnic minority groups. Included in the study were…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 14, 2022
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