Excellent blog on recent research on preterms and cord clamping/milking 

Keith J. Barrington is a neonatologist and clinical researcher at Sainte Justine University Health Center in Montréal. He writes one of the most active and informative blogs on neoanatal research : http://neonatalresearch.org

Last week, on May 18th and 19th he wrote two posts on the most recent research on preterms and umbilical cord clamping/milking. In addition to the very good short descriptions of the studies, he also write these insightful sentences:

"There is a lot going on in this field right now, so its difficult to stay up with everything, at the PAS-meeting this year there were many studies, ancillary studies and physiologic investigations that were relevant. I haven’t had time to digest them all.

One important factor to consider is that the physiologic benefits demonstrated, in animal models, of delaying cord clamping are not due solely (or even mostly) to transfusion effects. Cardiovascular adaptation around birth is different when the cord is clamped after the onset of breathing, I am not sure if there is a similar study of the effects of cord milking, but I would guess that the effects would be quite different. I don’t think we should assume that the two procedures are equivalent, even if the same amount of extra blood is delivered."

Please read here:
Delayed cord clamping or cord milking for the very preterm newborn… or both?

Below he goes through the abstracts from PAS to find those that had new information, from controlled trials, about the efficacy and safety of cord milking and/or delayed clamping.
Cord milking/delayed clamping at the 2015 PAS-meeting

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