It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the inaugural issue of Cure&Care: Journal of Neonatal Intensive Care.
As you know, neonatal intensive care is a multidisciplinary, ever-changing part of neonatology and perinatal medicine, with a diverse set of clinical techniques and practices to keep abreast of. With this in mind, we’ve created Cure&Care: Journal of Neonatal Intensive Care to provide practical guidance on clinical challenges and best practices in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). It is our hope that Cure&Care: Journal of Neonatal Intensive Care will become a leading educational resource for you as a healthcare professional working in this field: a credible collection of diverse, engaging content that will be of benefit to you and your peers. Every issue will contain original articles and case studies authored by acclaimed thought leaders, as well as topical interviews and news summaries covering leading research and recent ’hot topics’ in the field.
Hospital-acquired infections are a considerable cause of mortality and life-long morbidity in infants and an important consideration in the work we do. In an opinion piece on the topic, Dr Matthew Laughon discusses his experience of dealing with hospital-acquired infections and provides guidance for applying best practices in a clinical context, such as how to promote a contamination-free culture in the NICU. In response, Dr Joseph Bliss provides a challenging critique, offering a rich clinical perspective and describing ongoing initiatives that are helping reduce the impact of these infections. In another expert opinion piece, Dr Shreya Bali and Professor Robert Tulloh advise what to look out for while assessing newborn circulation, emphasising the importance of screening neonates for critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) and outlining the key facts about CCHD from diagnosis to effective management.
In this first publication we feature two interviews on topics of considerable controversy. Professor Christian Poets shares his thoughts on the compelling discussion surrounding ethical dilemmas – an ongoing concern in healthcare settings, particularly in the NICU – and provides his expert opinion on how best to manage them, including the importance of effective communication between all parties engaged in decision making. In another engaging interview, Dr Manuel Sánchez-Luna shares his perspective on whether or not to use steroids in premature infants on ventilators, a question that evokes strikingly opposed opinions among the neonatologists’ community.
A major goal of Cure&Care: Journal of Neonatal Intensive Care is to create a community of practicing physicians who can connect and exchange clinical experiences. By promoting peer-to-peer education via the sharing of case studies of real-life events from the NICU, we hope the content has the real potential to inform your daily practice. In this issue, I discuss a case presenting a preterm very low birth weight newborn affected by congenital cytomegalovirus infection, and highlight how we dealt with the complications that arose. Dr Ramesh Nataraja, meanwhile, presents the case of a post-natally diagnosed neonate with VACTERL (Vertebral, Anorectal, Cardiac, Tracheo-Esophageal, Renal, Limb) syndrome, and discusses the various challenges associated with the management of this condition.
In addition to the publication of the first issue, I’m delighted to direct you to the Cure&Care educational portal (www.cureandcareportal.com), our online portal housing the electronic version of the journal, along with educational resources and a clinical case study library.
The portal also gives you the opportunity to share your own educational materials and case studies, discuss ideas and overcome clinical challenges through interaction with your peers. Although the Cure&Care portal is open-access, membership to the community is encouraged. This will ensure that you are kept up-to-date when new content is added and gives you the option to download all of the resources.
I hope that you enjoy reading Cure&Care: Journal of Neonatal Intensive Care and that the journal provides relevant, topical information that you can apply to your daily practice. Your opinion is paramount in shaping future issues and the direction of the journal, so please send your feedback and what you’d like to see covered in future issues to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With warm regards,
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