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We will continously blog on our own and others results on cord clamping, as well as other news related to the subject, such as umbilical cord milking and resuscitation.

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11 February 2017
In memory of Hans Rosling:

Curiosity. Commitment. Factfullness.
On three occasions, Hans tweeted about our research. Obviously, I was both surprised and proud that this occupied and certainly hard courted person had time to follow what we've done. Now he is deceased, lost to all of us, but especially of course for his family, friends and loved ones.
There are many who have shared their memory of Hans Rosling during the recent days, yet I cannot help but share my thoughts with you.
We are many who admire Hans and what he accomplished, from his many years of work as a doctor in Africa, his research and start-up of programs in global health and his work with Gapminder. His humanism. In all I think three words shines brightly:
Curiosity. Commitment. Factfullness.
Hans always seemed to be curious, to phenomena in the world around us, curious on people, to figure out how the earth can be better place to live. The altruistic commitment he radiated, the commitment to spread knowledge, to help people, the passion to reach out, not to gain personal benefit, but for everyone's best. And then the word that Hans is said to have coined, and he was writing a book about: factfulness. To see past our own beliefs and prejudices. The ability to see the reality that is in front of us and to base our arguments on facts and not something else.
This last has never been so important as today, when many of us so easily begin to listen to the populists and the prophets of doom, the Trumps and right extremes.
Others have written that Hans Rosling's voice was more important now than ever before. I guess what we really should say is that everyone's vote is more important than in a long time.
When similar winds as from before World War II blows cold all around us, then it is time to join Hans Rosling disciples to become apostles: Start with a good dose of humanism and add thereto Curiosity. Commitment. And perhaps above all Factfulness.
Thanks for all Hans. I will try my best to honor your memory.

Memorial fund in honor of Hans Rosling

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22 January 2017
3 reasons for clamping the umbilical cord after 3 minutes
14 January 2017
30 seconds might be enough when delaying cord clamping at cesarean sections


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Two of the persons involved in the development of Lifestart trolley ( has published a review in Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology.
"Abstract: The rationale for keeping the mother and her newborn together even when neonatal resuscitation is required is presented. The development of a customised mobile resuscitation trolley is detailed explaining how the resuscitation team can be provided with all the facilities of a standard resuscitation trolley to resuscitate the neonate at the mother’s side with an intact cord. Alternative low tech solutions which may be appropriate in low resource setting and with a low risk population are also described."

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9 July 2015
Delayed clamping vs. milking in preterm infants
12 June 2015
Review on delivery room management of newly born infants
23 May 2015
Cardiac changes during delayed cord clamping
3 May 2015
Delayed cord clamping with and without cord stripping: a prospective randomized trial of preterm neo
12 April 2015
Delayed cord clamping in South African neonates with expected low birthweight


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  • Successful implementation of an intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) bundle in reducing severe ICH: a quality improvement project.

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    Successful implementation of an intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) bundle in reducing severe ICH: a quality improvement project.
    J Perinatol. 2019 01;39(1):143-151
    Authors: Chiriboga N, Cortez J, Pena-Ariet A, Makker K, Smotherman C, Gautam S, Trikardos AB, Knight H, Yeoman M, Burnett E, Beier A, Cohen I, Hudak ML
    OBJECTIVE: Our specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-limited (SMART) aim was to reduce the incidence of severe intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) among preterm infants born <30 weeks' gestation from a baseline of 24% (January 2012-December 2013) to a long-term average of 11% by December 2015.
    STUDY DESIGN: We instituted an ICH bundle consisting of elements of the "golden hour" (delayed cord clamping, optimized cardiopulmonary resuscitation, improved thermoregulation) and provision of cluster care in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). We identified key drivers to achieve our SMART aims, and implemented quality improvement (QI) cycles: initiation of the ICH bundle, education of NICU staff, and emphasis on sustained adherence. We excluded infants born outside our facility and those with congenital anomalies.
    RESULTS: Using statistical process control analysis (p-chart), the ICH bundle was associated with successful reduction in severe ICH (grade 3-4) in our NICU from a prebundle rate of 24% (January 2012-December 2013) to a sustained reduction over the next 4 years to an average rate of 9.7% by December 2017. Results during 2016-2017 showed a sustained improvement beyond the goal for 2014-2015. Over the same interval, there was improvement in admission temperatures [median 36.1 °C (interquartile range: 35.3-36.7 °C) vs. 37.1 °C (36.8-37.5 °C), p < 0.01] and a decrease in mortality rate [pre: 16/117 (14%) vs. post: 16/281 (6%), P < 0.01].
    CONCLUSION: Our multidisciplinary QI initiative decreased severe ICH in our institution from a baseline rate of 24% to a lower rate of 9.7% over the ensuing 4 years. Intensive focus on sustained implementation of an ICH bundle protocol consisting of improved delivery room management, thermoregulation, and clustered care in the NICU was temporally associated with a clinically significant reduction in severe ICH.
    PMID: 30348961 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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