From the Editors for 2017(6) - ​

This is our last issue of Advances in Neonatal Care for 2017; first we would like to thank our readership for their loyalty. This issue brings to you many excellent features. We begin with our newest Special Series: Surgical Issues in the Neonate. We will feature two articles from the series in this issue and two more in the first issue in 2018. The first two topics describe nursing care issues for infants with a ventriculoperitoneal shunt and a congenital infantile fibrosarcoma. Both these caregiving scenarios provide unique challenges for infants, families and caregivers. Next is an ethics article, I am sure you will find of great interest related to NICU bereavement care and follow-up support. Providing support to families at the end of life is often perplexing and at the same time rewarding. We also have a discussion of the cost of neonatal care and how best to use quality improvement initiatives to address not only quality but also cost. Followed by an evidence-based brief on the use of glucose gel as a treatment strategy for transient neonatal hypoglycemia. This is a new treatment strategy so understanding the evidence and best practices is important to bedside caregivers implementing this practice.

This is issue is completed with three research studies, one related to increasing our understanding of secondary traumatic Stress in NICU nurses; a second one that examines the parents perspective around communication when there is a NEC diagnosis; and the last one examines predictors of persistent infant car seat challenge failure. This study examines why some infants fail and what intervention strategies might better support these infants. Online we have a pilot study related to suctioning infants receiving NCPAP therapy that I am sure you all can relate to. The second online article provides insight into parent and staff perceptions of the Family Integrated Care Model. This newer caregiving strategy changes the focus of care and understanding this insights is important to implementation. Thank you again for reading ANC. May we be the first to wish each of you a prosperous new year!!​

Multisensory Intervention for Preterm Infants Improves Sucking Organization

An intervention to teach mothers of preterm infants how to interact with their babies more effectively results in better weight gain and growth for the infants. This Advances in Neonatal Care article shows that infants who receive this intervention grow better and also more rapidly develop the muscle control needed for successful feeding.

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