Research Corner: GER/EER in the NICU

Schurr, P., & Findlater, C. (2012). Neonatal Mythbusters: Evaluating the Evidence For and Against Pharmacologic and Nonpharmacologic Management of Gastroesophageal Reflux. Neonatal Network, 31(4), 229-241.

Reflux is a common issue in the NICU and with many of our pediatric patients. The evidence-base for effective interventions continues to  emerge related to preterm infants in the NICU. This paper by an NICU nurse published in 2012 is a fabulous resource. It does not just provide strategies but looks at the current evidence base as of its publication and explains so well the “whys” behind the interventions. It is so easy to join a bandwagon and support the latest idea but having the rationale and the data to titrate the interventions based on the unique issues and co-morbidities of a specific population, such as the NICU, is essential. It will inform your practice!

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