Bharathi Balachander

Bharathi Balachander
St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences · Neonatology

MD DM ( Neonatology)

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24 Research Items
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Additional affiliations
April 2010 - April 2010
Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research
Position
  • Junior resident
Education
April 2013 - April 2016

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Publications (35)
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Background: Infant massage is commonly practiced in many parts of the world. However, the effectiveness of this intervention has not been reviewed for term, healthy newborns. Methods: This systematic review of randomized and quasi-randomized controlled trials assessed the effect of whole-body massage with or without oil, compared to no massage i...
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Background: This systematic review of intervention trials and observational studies assessed the effect of delaying the first bath for at least 24 hours after birth, compared to conducting it within the first 24 hours, in term healthy newborns. Methods: We searched MEDLINE via PubMed, Cochrane CENTRAL, Embase, CINAHL (updated till November 2021)...
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Background: This systematic review of randomized trials assessed the effect of emollient application compared to no emollient application in term or near-term healthy newborns. Methods: We searched MEDLINE via PubMed, Cochrane CENTRAL, Embase, and CINAHL (updated until November 2021), clinical trials databases, and reference lists of retrieved a...
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Background: Though recommended by numerous guidelines, adherence to supine sleep position during the first year of life is variable across the globe. Methods: This systematic review of randomized trials and observational studies assessed the effect of the supine compared to non-supine (prone or side) sleep position on healthy newborns. Key outco...
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Although antimicrobials are the cornerstone of neonatal sepsis management, adjunctive therapies are required to improve outcomes. The aim of our study was to evaluate the effect of exchange transfusion (ET) on mortality (primary outcome) in neonatal sepsis, as well as on immunoglobulin, complement and neutrophil levels and assess its complications...
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Objective To describe an innovative interactive e-learning method to disseminate knowledge to larger group of participants over a wide geographical area. Methods The course material included standard training tool “Best Practices in Preterm Care,” hosted on Telegram, a cloud-based instant messaging platform. The participants were enrolled in the g...
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Objectives Nosocomial infections are a significant threat to the survival and neurodevelopment of neonates .The present study attempts to correlate enteral feeding practices as measured by nil per oral (NPO days) with bloodstream infection (BSI) rates and central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) over a period of 2 years and 3 months....
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Neonatal Resuscitation
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Background: Infection is an important cause of mortality and morbidity in neonates. The rise in multi-drug resistance as reported by the Delhi Neonatal Infection Study (DeNIS) is alarmingly high. The aim of our study was to compare the results of the DeNIS with a single-center data from southern part of India Materials and methods: This is a prospe...
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Background Exclusively breastfed healthy neonates can lose weight excessively due to poor milk production, inadequate enteral intake or due to poor milk transfer. The studies assessing risk factors for infants to lose weight excessively are diverse and results are highly varied. Objectives We aimed to determine the risk factors for weight loss of...
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Background: Congenital hypothyroidism is the most common preventable cause of mental retardation. However, the disease is asymptomatic. Once symptoms appear, the neurologic deficit is irreversible. There are two types of screening namely T4 or TSH screening. Cord blood screening is a painless, non-invasive and more parent-friendly form of thyroid s...
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Background Intravenous cannulation is a common procedure and a valuable skill in the neonatal intensive care unit. Standardized procedure and personnel training are needed in the unit to prevent hospital-acquired blood stream infections. Hence, we evaluated the effect of training using a low-fidelity simulation on the improvement of the aseptic non...
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Objective To analyze the infection outbreaks, control measures and outcomes of the outbreak in the NICU of a tertiary care centre in the year 2018. Methods This study was conducted in a 30 bedded tertiary care NICU from January 2018 through December 2018. The study design was an Outbreak investigation, based on a program of prospective surveillanc...
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Background: Currently nonselective cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibitors ibuprofen and indomethacin are approved drugs for closure of patent ductus arteriosus but have potential toxicities. There are reports of the effectiveness of paracetamol in ductal closure. However there is paucity of data comparing paracetamol to ibuprofen or indomethacin in relati...
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Intussusception is one of the most common causes of intestinal obstruction in infancy and children.1 It can occur at any age but commonly seen between 6 to 18 months of age.1 Neonatal intussusception is rare and comprises 0.3 to 1.3% of all intussusceptions.2 The presentation, pathology, and management of neonatal intussusception are quite differen...
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Objective: To assess the diagnostic accuracy of a novel hypothermia monitoring and alert bracelet device (BEMPU Bracelet) in low birth weight (LBW) neonates weighing less than 2000 grams. Design: This was a controlled prospective study. Setting: This study was done in the step-down nursery of a tertiary level newborn unit of a major teaching hospit...
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p>Neonatal Gastrointestinal mucormycosis is a rare fungal infection carrying high morbidity and mortality. Clinically, it is not easily distinguishable from the more common necrotizing enterocolitis. Diagnosis is made by histopathology of the involved bowel. We report a neonate with gastrointestinal mucormycosis, bringing to notice the fatality of...
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Early detection of hearing loss by screening and appropriate intervention is critical for development of speech, language and cognition. Indian data regarding screening for hearing loss among high risk neonates is limited and hence this study. Material and methods: This descriptive study included all high risk neonates admitted to our tertiary care...
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To the Editor: Incidence of galactosemia in India is reported as 1:10,300 [1]. In resource limited settings, a case of neonatal liver failure is often screened for galactosemia using urine Benedict’s test. We report a case of galactosemia with negative urine Benedict’s test.A 16-d-old female infant was admitted with jaundice, vomiting, breathing di...
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Objectives To identify biomarkers for neuronal injury and outcome in perinatal asphyxia. Methods This prospective cohort study was done in authors’ level III NICU involving 80 neonates – 40 babies with perinatal asphyxia and 40 weight and gender matched normal neonates. Levels of cytokines IL-6, IL -1β, IL-2 and TNF –α in cord blood of these neo...
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Fetal and neonatal arrhythmias present as diagnostic and therapeutic challenges to obstetricians and neonatologists. We present a case of antenatally detected atrial flutter in which the infant presented with congestive cardiac failure at birth and a short review of tachyarrhythmias in the perinatal period.

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