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Redland Hospital Paediatrician Dr Shivanand Hebbandi has presented his research topic at the 7th Congress of the European Academy of Paediatric Societies in Paris.
Dr Hebbandi said his research, ‘Early Onset Neonatal Sepsis in Non-Tertiary Neonatal Unit’ was conducted over six years from 2010 at Redland Hospital on all new born babies who were at risk of infection or showed signs of infection.
"The presentation was well received by the audience which included paediatricians not only from Europe but also from rest of the world.
"They were impressed with our very low infection rate in our babies and zero deaths due to infection."
Dr Hebbandi said conclusions drawn from the study included that the incidence of Early Onset Neonatal Sepsis at Redland Hospital was very low at 0.33 cases/1000 live births which compared to a national rate of 0.38 /1000 live births and Queensland rate of 0.32 /1000 live births.
He said other finding were a neonatal sepsis mortality rate of zero, median incubation time to true positive growth of bacteria of 9.65 hours and a recommendation to stop antibiotics at 24 hours in babies who remained clinically well and had negative culture.
"In the past I have presented my research papers at various international and national conferences based on research all conducted in Redland Hospital’s Paediatrics Department," Dr Hebbandi said.