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Recognising Neonatal Sepsis

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With a relatively weak immune system, newborn infants less than 28 days old are particularly vulnerable to infection entering the bloodstream and causing sepsis. It’s a condition that not only causes significant morbidity and mortality but one that remains stubbornly difficult to diagnose and treat.

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Sepsis is a leading cause of mortality in neonates, estimated to occur in one to eight out of every 1,000 births. With a relatively weak immune system, newborn infants less than 28 days old are particularly vulnerable to infection entering the bloodstream and causing sepsis. It’s a condition that not only causes significant morbidity and mortality but one that remains stubbornly difficult to diagnose and treat.

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Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at www.MindBodyInk.com.
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Narelle Winzar
02 Apr 2021
Interesting
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Kate Spillane
02 Apr 2021
Interesting reading, some information broadly relevant to general paediatric nursing.
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Penelope Byrne
22 Apr 2022
Easy to follow, signs and symptoms of early and late onset sepsis. Thank you
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Julie lang
13 Apr 2021
I found this reference informative and related to my current practise . I am now more aware of the risks of developing neonatal sepsis .
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Margaret Bwititi
16 Apr 2021
Very informative and infirmation help with knowledge to provide quality care to this high risk group.
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Jade-Ella Turko
31 Mar 2021
Informative and usual for all nursing staff
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Wendy Byrne
05 Apr 2021
Reinforces the neonatal sepsis early detection knowledge
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Evelyn Mapossa
26 Apr 2021
Interesting to see it’s a male versus female higher incidence
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Abigail Lee
10 Apr 2021
Super informative. Very useful article
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Jennifer Mather
30 Mar 2021
Useful succinct and informative
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