Pharmacological therapy of newborn babies admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit

Fulvio Plescia, Pietro Salvago, Anna Brancato, Carla Cannizzaro, Francesco Dispenza, Angela Cavallaro, Federico Sireci, Francesco Dispenza, Gianluca Lavanco, Marianna Mucia, Serena Rizzo

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Abstract

Newborn babies who need intensive medical care are often sheltered into a special area of the hospital called Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). In this structure, babies are regularly subject to conditions that would be considered harmful by older children and adults. In the last years, many clinical researches have paid particular attention to effectiveness of various pharmacological therapies, regularly used in neonatal intensive care that have sharply reduced mortality of newborn and preterm infants. Although there are many classes of drugs used for the treatment of different diseases (sepsis, pain, seizures, pulmonary hypertension and infection), the fledgling population is more difficult to handle because there are many physiological changes that happen in infants which do not occur at any other time of life. Furthermore, there are many drugs used during the first stage of life, able to induce various toxic effects on the principal organs and apparatus. For example, there are many relationships between amikacina serum levels and central conduction time in brainstem auditory evoked potentials within therapeutic range levels in newborns as index of drug toxicity in brainstem auditory centers in neonatally exposed infants. In this chapter, we will focus mainly on the principal pharmacological strategies used for dealing with neonatal diseases in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteNeonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs): Clinical and Patient Perspectives, Levels of Care and Emerging Challenges
Pagine91-122
Numero di pagine32
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2017

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    Plescia, F., Salvago, P., Brancato, A., Cannizzaro, C., Dispenza, F., Cavallaro, A., Sireci, F., Dispenza, F., Lavanco, G., Mucia, M., & Rizzo, S. (2017). Pharmacological therapy of newborn babies admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. In Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs): Clinical and Patient Perspectives, Levels of Care and Emerging Challenges (pagg. 91-122)