AIM: To assess the current practices existing in Italy for the management of jaundice in preterm infants as preliminary achievement to a call for national guidelines and establishment of a kernicterus registry. METHODS: A questionnaire (in Supporting Information online) was sent to the 109 level III neonatal units in Italy to ascertain existing guidelines for total bilirubin monitoring and treatment of hyperbilirubinaemia in preterm infants and occurrence of kernicterus. RESULTS: There was a 61% (67/109) response rate. Eighty-five per cent of responding units had either written guidelines coming from different literature sources or locally developed. The monitoring of bilirubin varied greatly in timing before, during and after jaundice development. Phototherapy and exchange transfusion were given to 56.0 ± 21.0% and 0.2 ± 0.4% of admitted preterm infants in participating centres. Five cases of kernicterus in preterm infants and eleven cases in term infants were documented over the last 10 years. CONCLUSION: The management of hyperbilirubinaemia in preterm infants is not uniform in Italy and would benefit from shared national guidance together with establishment of a kernicterus registry to guide therapy.

Dani, C., Poggi, C., Barp, J., Romagnoli, C., & Buonocore, G. (2011). Current Italian practices regarding the management of hyperbilirubinaemia in preterm infants. ACTA PAEDIATRICA, 100(5), 666-669 [10.1111/j.1651-2227.2011.02172.x].

Current Italian practices regarding the management of hyperbilirubinaemia in preterm infants

BUONOCORE, G.
2011

Abstract

AIM: To assess the current practices existing in Italy for the management of jaundice in preterm infants as preliminary achievement to a call for national guidelines and establishment of a kernicterus registry. METHODS: A questionnaire (in Supporting Information online) was sent to the 109 level III neonatal units in Italy to ascertain existing guidelines for total bilirubin monitoring and treatment of hyperbilirubinaemia in preterm infants and occurrence of kernicterus. RESULTS: There was a 61% (67/109) response rate. Eighty-five per cent of responding units had either written guidelines coming from different literature sources or locally developed. The monitoring of bilirubin varied greatly in timing before, during and after jaundice development. Phototherapy and exchange transfusion were given to 56.0 ± 21.0% and 0.2 ± 0.4% of admitted preterm infants in participating centres. Five cases of kernicterus in preterm infants and eleven cases in term infants were documented over the last 10 years. CONCLUSION: The management of hyperbilirubinaemia in preterm infants is not uniform in Italy and would benefit from shared national guidance together with establishment of a kernicterus registry to guide therapy.
Dani, C., Poggi, C., Barp, J., Romagnoli, C., & Buonocore, G. (2011). Current Italian practices regarding the management of hyperbilirubinaemia in preterm infants. ACTA PAEDIATRICA, 100(5), 666-669 [10.1111/j.1651-2227.2011.02172.x].
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