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How much oxygen do newborns need?

Allen BestVail, CO Colorado

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS A study being done at Yampa Valley Medical Center and other hospitals seeks to determine exactly how much oxygen is needed by newborns.After neonatal nurse practitioner Tracie Line began working seven years ago in Steamboat Springs, she noticed many newborns were being sent home with supplemental oxygen.I previously worked at sea level, where home oxygen use was not as common. My question was, What is normal at this altitude?The elevation of Steamboat is about 6,800 feet. Researching past studies, she found studies at 5,280 feet and below. She found studies at higher locations, including Colorados Frisco and Leadville, 9,000 and 10,200 feet respectively, as well as from higher yet, in Peru and Tibet. But she found no studies from the middle-elevation band of 5,000 to 9,000, where many of the resorts in the West are located.After talking to researchers, she finally lined up Dr. Patricia Ravert, a nursing educator at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. She has contacted hospitals in Aspen and Vail, and invites interest from other mountain town hospitals.We cannot run a research study by ourselves at our little hospital, Line told the Steamboat Pilot & Today. But we can participate, and I am inviting hospitals in other Colorado mountain towns to join the study.The research involves testing healthy newborns to find out what the babys oxygen saturation is. So far, 35 parents have consented to the testing, although data from about 500 babies will be needed.The end result will be a better standard for differentiating between well babies and those who require special care during their first few hours, days or weeks of life. And by knowing that, doctors and nurses may learn if they can reduce the number of tests and treatments.This could have an impact on all babies born in the Rocky Mountain West, and at similar altitudes around the world, said Line.

WESTWOOD, Calif. Three environmental groups have filed suit to stop development of a major ski- and golf-anchored resort near the small town of Westwood, which is located in the Sierra Nevada near Lassen National Park. This is about two hours from either Reno or Sacramento.The groups the Mountain Meadows Conservancy, Sierra Watch, and a branch of the Sierra Club claim that the governing jurisdiction, Lassen County, failed to provide sufficiently detailed analysis of the impacts caused by the resort when it was approved. The resort would include 4,000 housing units, three golf courses, and a ski resort. It is being called the Dyer Mountain Four Seasons Resort.Steve Frisch, president of the Sierra Business Council, questions the location.The reality is the northern Sierra will be severely affected by climate change with reduced snowpack and early runoff, so putting a new resort at 6,000 feet and calling it viable is a little difficult to believe, he told the Sierra Sun.Meanwhile, the development partners are recapitalizing. They tell the Sun that they have a potential dozen investors. Sara Duryea, one of the three managers, said she and her partner have almost $47 million invested in the project.It will, she said, be the only master-planned community in the Sierra. We get to see whats happened in Tahoe and learn from the mistakes of others, she said.

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