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Scope and feasibility of operating on the neonatal intensive care unit: 312 cases in 10 years.
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PMID:  22907723     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
PURPOSE: To report the scope, feasibility and learning experience of operating on neonates on the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). METHODS: (1) Review of all NICU operations performed by general neonatal surgeons over 10 years; (2) 6-month prospective comparison of procedures performed in NICU or operating room; (3) structured interviews with five surgeons with 1-13 years experience of operating on NICU. RESULTS: 312 operations were performed in 249 infants. Median birth weight was 1,494 g (range 415-4,365), gestational age 29 weeks (22-42), and age at operation 25 days (0-163). Nearly half (147) were laparotomy for acute abdominal pathology in preterm, very low birth-weight infants There were no surgical adverse events related to location of surgery. Surgeon satisfaction with operating on NICU for this population was high (5/5). Several factors contribute to making this process a success. CONCLUSIONS: This is the largest reported series of general neonatal surgical procedures performed on NICU. Operating on NICU is feasible and safe, and a full range of neonatal operations can be performed. It removes risks associated with neonatal transfer and is likely to reduce physiological instability. We recommend this approach for all ventilated neonates and urge neonatal surgeons to operate at the cotside of unstable infants.
N J Hall; M P Stanton; L J Kitteringham; R A Wheeler; D M Griffiths; M Drewett; D M Burge
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric surgery international     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1437-9813     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr. Surg. Int.     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
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Created Date:  2012-8-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8609169     Medline TA:  Pediatr Surg Int     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Wessex Regional Centre for Neonatal Surgery, Department of Paediatric Surgery, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust, Mailpoint 44, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD, UK,
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