Field Guide to the Normal Newborn

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This handy pocket book is a quick and easy-to-follow guide to the processes and procedures used in care of the normal newborn. It is ideally suited for family physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who, in today's managed care environment, must assume responsibility for newborn care.The book sharply focuses on the "what" and "how" of normal newborn care and provides references to other texts that explain "why." Information is presented in tables, charts, and algorithms that practitioners can scan at a glance. Also included are line drawings that illustrate procedures and full-color photographs of common skin and eye disorders.

This handy volume in the Field Guide(R) Series provides an easy-to-follow roadmap to the processes and procedures essential to proper care of the normal newborn. The ideal quick-reference for family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, medical students, and pediatric residents, the Field Guide to the Normal Newborn helps you focus on the "what" and "how" of normal newborn care--with clear and succinct descriptions highlighted by tables, charts, illustrations, and algorithms. Be sure you're providing optimal care for your youngest patients! . Complete coverage addresses all common problems that arise in the well baby nursery--clearly explained and diagrammed for rapid reference. . Abundant tables and charts let you review vital information at a glance--everything from the use of maternal medications in breast-feeding and newborn metabolic screening tests, to a newborn-specific formulary and newborn-specific lab values. . More than 25 handy algorithms prepare you to face the challenges of well newborn care. . Instructive line drawings take you through the steps of commonly performed procedures. . Detailed photographs help you recognize and treat common neonatal skin and eye disorders.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Harley Ginsberg, M.D.(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This small, soft cover manual provides an approach to prenatal, neonatal and post-discharge problems which may be encountered in the term and near-term newborn.
Purpose: The author refers to the book as "a short text to introduce the management of the well, full-term or almost full-term newborn who is in the well baby nursery." The main objective is to provide an organized approach to routine neonatal difficulties and this goal is clearly accomplished.
Audience: While the author has no intended audience per se, this publication could serve as a quick resource for medical students, pediatric and family practice house staff, and newborn nursery nurses. The section authors include residents of obstetrics and pediatrics in addition to assistant and associate professors in pediatrics.
Features: The manual delivers a substantial amount of its information by way of algorithms and tables. Very few photographs of disease states are included. This is not an atlas and should not be purchased if this is what the practitioner has in mind. The book is very well organized into four parts. The book progresses chronologically from the prenatal visit to problems related to delivery and during the hospital stay. The manual concludes with "After Discharge." The final chapter of this book, "Talking to Parents," is particularly valuable and should probably be presented much earlier in the publication. It is disappointing, however, that there is no encouragement of newborn attendees to become certified in resuscitation though the Neonatal Resuscitation Program. The appendixes include a valuable section on breast feeding, but sections on laboratory values and formulary are better addressed by other publications specifically designed for these intentions. The index provides rapid and complete access for the reader.
Assessment: This manual will serve its limited audience well, and will allow problems to be addressed quickly. If the reader desires more detail, however, such publications as Care of the Newborn: A Handbook for Primary Care by Hertz (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005) addresses many of these issues in more detail with many more photographs, though it will not fit in a coat pocket like this manual will.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781728775
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 6/23/2004
  • Series: Field Guide Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 4.96 (w) x 7.22 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Delivery room and before
1 The prenatal visit 3
2 The delivery room 9
3 Stabilization 15
4 Admission to the well nursery 16
5 Common malformations affecting transition 22
6 Tachypnea and respiratory distress 24
7 Hypoglycemia in the delivery room 27
Pt. II Infectious disease
8 Tuberculosis 33
9 Prevention of croup B streptococcal disease 36
10 Congenital syphilis 43
11 The TORCH syndrome 47
12 Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) 53
13 Hepatitis and other liver inflammations 57
14 Varicella (chicken pox) 64
Pt. III The well nursery
15 Hyperbilirubinemia in the well nursery 69
16 Physical examination 77
17 Newborn and infant growth and development charts 87
18 Teratogens : prenatal maternal drugs producing congenital defects 96
19 Effects of maternal drug use in newborns 100
20 Breast-feeding when mothers are taking prescribed medication 108
21 Maternal disease producing neonatal problems 111
22 Large and small babies 112
23 Newborn hearing screening 118
24 Circumcision 120
25 Delayed stooling 132
26 Delayed urine output 136
27 Discharge 139
28 Newborn metabolic screening 145
Pt. IV After discharge
29 Practitioner responsibilities after hospital discharge 161
30 First outpatient visit 166
31 Immunizations 169
32 Fever in the newborn 174
33 Bilirubin follow-up after discharge from the well baby nursery 180
34 Feeding and feeding problems 183
35 Breathing difficulties 191
36 Urination and defecation 194
37 Dermatology 197
38 High-risk newborn follow-up 207
39 Talking to parents 213
App. A Newborn laboratory studies 221
App. B Formulary 225
App. C Breast-feeding and medications 237
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