Christine Lauren, MD – Columbia University
The Survey of Skincare in Neonates to Update Guidelines (SoSNUG) project proposes to assess the practices and protocols regarding neonatal skin care that are currently utilized in newborn nurseries and NICUs across the United States and Canada. Neonates are most often cared for by skilled physicians and nurses, however pediatric dermatologists have specialized training in caring for the skin of newborns. Although guidelines exist in publication, the reality of clinical practice does not necessarily correspond to recommendations. Based on preliminary data, there are many aspects of routine neonatal skin care that vary within and among medical centers providing care to newborns. As pediatric dermatologists, we wish to publish clear and informative guidelines for neonatal skin care to ensure a unified practice. In order to provide the most effective guidelines, as a first step we seek to improve our understanding of current practices in neonatal skin care by means of a survey.
Data collection underway.