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NJNICUCCRN has 23 years experience and specializes in NICU.

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    RSV

    Our unit is looking at a policy for parents visiting their babies that are RSV positive. During this season we get PICU overflow and the parents usually stay overnight. Currently we have them mask and gown while in the room. Can some of you please share your policies?
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    Some questions about gentamicin...

    We also use the NeoFax and we receive it at no cost from Abbott Nutrition.
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    OGT or NGT for neonates?

    We use oral tubes if it is a tiny baby on cpap that needs a real good seal with the prongs. Once the baby begins to gag on the OG tube, it needs to be switched to nasal
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    CBC clotting

    We have been having many CBC specimens clot! We are tracking the number clotted and are coming up with about 7-9%! These are all specimens obtained by heelstick. Anyone else have this problem in their unit???
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    UAC's

    Our unit just recently started using only 10ml syringes for anything pushed in our uac's. Anyone else using this size syringe? (We were told that the manufacturer reccommends this size)
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    Earliest viable gestational age?

    Never a 20 weeker! The earliest i have seen is 23-plus. We are not aggressive with under 24 weeks unless the baby is very active at birth.
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    Urine bag attached to urinary catheter

    Our foleys also empty into a collection chamber which is just emptied via the stopcock on the bottom of it.
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    Iv infiltration/extravasation from prbc transfusion

    I have seen many blood infiltrates. They all look so awful but they have all turned out fine with no treatment at all. The parents really take it hard because they look so bad. Check sites very frequently with prbc infusions and hopefully you can catch it before it gets too ugly
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    WITHDRAWL SKIN CARE

    i completely agree with the practice of open to air. My colleagues all know which are my babies because if my babies have red or broken bottoms, the butt is naked and heat lamp on.
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    NICU vs. PICU

    I believe that adults and babies are as different as night and day. If you really want NICU then you should go for it. Just remember that you have to be open to learning all over again and keep an open mind. You may feel like a new grad again. Good Luck!
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    sucrose for sedation

    we use sucrose for minor painful procedures ie IV sticks, heel sticks, circs. WE do NOT give it to NAS babies though because it can alter your Finnegan scores
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    Counting resps in a neonate

    I agree with all the above. Sounds like we are all doin it the same.
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    NICU duties

    a little scarey that you would need a morphine/versed cocktail. is this a standing order????
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    when to stop humidity in the isolette

    We start at 70% humidity for all babies less than 28 weeks and leave it on for one week. We do not wean it, just turn it off.
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    preventing CABSI

    we do NOT filter lipids for the reason that they DO clog the filters. we change lines every 3rd day with clean technique but are switching to sterile changes. We do filter our meds.
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    IV site prep

    we use alcohol at this time but are switching to chlorhex