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Cogent Medicine ; 8, 2021.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1617065


Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the paradigm when it comes to infection control. However, there are still many doubts about pregnancy and the perinatal period in this context, even though many studies suggest the benignity of infection in this phase. The present study took place in a Level II Hospital with differentiated perinatal care and describes the newborns whose mothers were infected with COVID-19 during pregnancy. We aim to understand the mother-newborn pattern of transmission and clinical, analytical and serologic follow-up. Methods: Prospective observational study from 1/4/2020 to 31/5/2021, using the clinical files of every SARS-COV-2 PCR-positive mother and their newborns. Among others, we evaluated the state of infection of the newborn at 12 and 48h and after 14 days with SARS-Cov-2 PCR tests. In the first three months, serologic and clinical evaluation were performed. Results: Of the 1684 live births, 60 (3,6%) mothers were infected with SARS-COV-2 during pregnancy, 43% of which were diagnosed in the screening performed during/before labour. The median value of gestational age was 39 weeks, and the average weight was 3171g. 81,7% of the newborns remained with their mother in the hospital ward, and 85% were breastfed. 7 newborns (11,7%) needed NICU, one of which was born at 32 weeks because the mother needed ICU support due to COVID-19. Of the 26 newborns whose mothers were positive in labour, 15 were tested for SARS-Cov-2 PCR in the first 12 h, and 21 within 48h: all of them were negative.16 were tested after 14 days. Only one of them (6,2%) tested positive but remained asymptomatic. Serologic anti-spike and anti-nucleocapsid analyses were performed in 32 babies: 10 of them (31.3%) showed positive antibodies. In these cases, 80% of the mothers were positive in the 3rd trimester and 20% in the 2nd trimester. The clinical follow-up showed a positive outcome in all of them. Conclusions: This study supports others that show the benignity of perinatal SARS-COV-2 infection. There were no more significant rates of prematurity or NICU need. None of the newborns tested positive in SARS-Cov-2 PCR tests in the first 48h, supporting the rarity of the vertical infection, and only one has been affected by horizontal transmission.

International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia ; 46:N.PAG-N.PAG, 2021.
Article in English | CINAHL | ID: covidwho-1245993
Journal of Engineering Education Transformations ; 34(Special Issue):112-115, 2021.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1061412


In recent literature on Engineering Education research, a significant amount of knowledge is shared on the effective design of Holistic and Analytic rubrics for Assessment. Although the designed rubrics are shared with the students, fair and consistent assessment of student performance cannot be ensured since the rubrics designed by the course instructor have not been validated by stakeholders like students from the previous batch who have taken the course, Alumni, and Industry. This study explores the refinement techniques for redesigning the assessment rubrics. The paper puts to test an Analytical rubric by taking relevant feedback from the stake-holders. The method of survey-based statistical analysis was adopted in redesigning the rubrics. A total of 188 students were asked to take up this survey. These participants included 70% of students from the Undergraduate Engineering background, 20% Alumni, and 10% industrial stake-holders. The findings of the survey and the ensuing statistical analysis prove that the stake-holders can actively take part in redesigning assessment rubrics by giving valuable feedback on rubrics criteria which are judgmental, qualitative and can lead to an inconsistent assessment of student performance. The survey was aimed at redesigning rubrics for assessment of online written assignments during the COVID crisis period. It was observed that the majority of students agreed with the quantitative criteria of the rubrics. Valid suggestions given by students on improving the qualitative criteria were incorporated in the new design. © 2021, Rajarambapu Institute Of Technology. All rights reserved.