The Incubator

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By: Ben Courchia & Daphna Yasova Barbeau

A weekly discussion about new evidence in neonatal care and the fascinating individuals who make this progress possible. Hosted by Dr. Ben Courchia and Dr. Daphna Yasova Barbeau.

#220 - 📑 Journal Club - The complete episode (June 23rd 2024)
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In our latest Journal Club episode, we review several important recent studies in neonatology. We begin by discussing a paper on the changing trends in Apgar scoring, noting a shift from scores of 10 to 9, likely due to increased recognition of normal transitional acrocyanosis.

Next, we examine a study on using ChatGPT and Google Translate for pediatric discharge instructions, finding mixed results across different languages. We then review new transfusion guidelines for very preterm neonates, featuring an interview with co-author Dr. Ravi Patel who provides insights on the guideline development process...


#220 - [Journal Club Shorts] - 📌 Can early skin-to-skin prevent IVH?
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Early skin-to-skin contact and the risk of intraventricular haemorrhage and sepsis in preterm infants. Johansson MW, Lilliesköld S, Jonas W, Thernström Blomqvist Y, Skiöld B, Linnér A.Acta Paediatr. 2024 May 27. doi: 10.1111/apa.17302. Online ahead of print.PMID: 38803030

As always, feel free to send us questions, comments, or suggestions to our email: nicupodcast@gmail.com. You can also contact the show through Instagram or Twitter, @nicupodcast. Or contact Ben and Daphna directly via their Twitter profiles: @drnicu and @doctordaphnamd. The papers discussed in today's episode are listed and t...


#220 - [Journal Club Shorts] - 📌 Apgar scores: Is 9 the new 10?
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Nine is the New Ten of Apgar Scores: An Observational Retrospective Cohort Study. Everett SS, Bomback M, Roth P, Goldshtrom N, Polin RA, Lyford A, Hays T.J Pediatr. 2024 Jun 14:114150. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2024.114150. Online ahead of print.PMID: 38880381

As always, feel free to send us questions, comments, or suggestions to our email: nicupodcast@gmail.com. You can also contact the show through Instagram or Twitter, @nicupodcast. Or contact Ben and Daphna directly via their Twitter profiles: @drnicu and @doctordaphnamd. The papers discussed in today's episode are listed and timestamped on t...


#220 - [Journal Club Shorts] - 📌 Transfusion Guidelines from the Neonatal Transfusion Network
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Clinical Practice Guideline for Red Blood Cell Transfusion Thresholds in Very Preterm Neonates. Deschmann E, Dame C, Sola-Visner MC, Fustolo-Gunnink SF, Guyatt GH, Patel RM, Stanworth SJ; Neonatal Transfusion Network.JAMA Netw Open. 2024 Jun 3;7(6):e2417431. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2024.17431.PMID: 38874929 Free article.

As always, feel free to send us questions, comments, or suggestions to our email: nicupodcast@gmail.com. You can also contact the show through Instagram or Twitter, @nicupodcast. Or contact Ben and Daphna directly via their Twitter profiles: @drnicu and @doctordaphnamd. The papers discussed in today's episode are l...


#219 - 🔬 The Importance of Saliva (Ft Dr. Jill Maron)
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In this episode of the Incubator "At the Bench," we talk with Dr. Jill Maron, a neonatologist and physician-scientist at Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and Brown University. Join us as we hear Dr. Maron share her journey from medical school to becoming a leading researcher in neonatology. She discusses how her early drive to provide the best patient care evolved into a commitment to advancing bedside care through research. Inspired by Dr. Diana Bianchi, Dr. Maron pursued a career in salivary diagnostics, focusing on non-invasive prenatal testing and feeding...


#218 - Father's Day Special with Alex Zavala aka The NICU Dad
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06/16/2024

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In this special Father's Day episode, host Daphna Barbeau interviews Alex Zavala, known as the "NICU Dad". Alex shares his emotional journey of becoming a father to his daughter Emerson, born at just 27 weeks.

Alex vividly recounts the day his wife's water broke, the frantic rush to the hospital, and the overwhelming fear and uncertainty as Emerson was delivered via emergency C-section weighing only 2 pounds 5 ounces. He describes feeling like he was thrust into a nightmare, trying to support his wife, make logistical plans, and grapple with the possibility of...


#217 - 🌍 Developing Neonatal Units: The Role of Mentorship (ft Pr. Pradeep Suryawanshi)
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06/12/2024

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In this episode, Mbozu and Shelly-Ann are joined by Professor Pradeep Suryawanshi, a neonatologist, researcher and educator from Pune India. Professor Suryanwanshi discusses his journey as a neonatologist and his work in India and Australia, the process of developing a neonatal care unit and the importance of mentorship. He also discusses  factors contributing to India's progress in neonatal care, the challenges and progress in implementing surfactant therapy as well as advice on work-life balance.


Resources mentioned in episode:

Dr. Pradeep Suryawanshi website: https://w...


#216 - 🫁 A Better Understanding of CDH - ft. Dr. Neil Patel and Dr. Gopal
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06/09/2024

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In this episode of the Incubator podcast, host Dr. Ben Courchia is joined by two distinguished guests: Dr. Neil Patel, a neonatologist from the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, UK, and Dr. Srirupa Hari Gopal, a third year neonatology fellow at Baylor College of Medicine.

The discussion delves into the complexities of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). Drs. Patel and Gopal share their passion for caring for these patients and the multidisciplinary approach required to optimize outcomes.

The conversation highlights the evolving understanding of CDH pathophysiology, with a...


#215 - 🚀 [Locus Health] - Connecting Hospital and Home via Remote Patient Monitoring
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06/05/2024

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In our latest Tech Tuesday episode, Daphna and I spoke with Nancy Addison from Locus Health about their remote patient monitoring (RPM) platform. We learned how Locus Health bridges the gap between hospital and home for medically complex pediatric patients, including NICU babies, substance-exposed newborns, and infants on oxygen.

We discussed the potential benefits of RPM, such as empowering families, reducing length of stay, and preventing readmissions. Nancy emphasized the importance of maintaining close family-provider relationships during the transition to home.

We also explored the technical aspects of...


#214 - 📑 Journal Club - The Complete Episode (June 1st 2024)
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06/02/2024

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In this jam-packed episode of Journal Club, Ben & Daphna discuss several impactful new studies in neonatology.

First up is an important clinical report from the AAP on infant feeding for people living with HIV. The hosts dive into the nuanced recommendations, which state that while avoiding breastfeeding is still the only way to completely eliminate HIV transmission risk, breastfeeding can be supported in certain cases where the parent has a strong desire after comprehensive counseling and meeting strict criteria like sustained viral suppression.

Next, they examine a study...