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DIAZ GUTIERREZ, M.ª José. Umbilical Cord Care Procedures in the Newborn: a Systematic Review. Ars Pharm [online]. 2016, vol.57, n.1, pp.5-10. ISSN 2340-9894.

Objectives: This paper presents a review of the scientific evidence about the recommended care for newborn umbilical wound in order to establish the best care possible. Methodology: The search was conducted in May 2015, following the PRISMA criteria of scientific literature searches and completed with a manual review. We used the tool "Critical Reading Sheets" of OSTEBA Service for Health Technology Assessment of the Basque Government for the scientific evaluation of the selected works. Results: We included 9 articles in this s review: 5 of them were previous revisions and 4 randomized controlled clinical trials. Most of them compared the use of an antiseptic (mainly clorhexidine) versus dry care. Conclusions: Accordingly to the scientific evidence summarized In this manuscript about the care of newborn's umbilical cord, the method to recommend will differ depending on whether we are in a developed country or in a developing one.

Keywords : Infant/newborn; umbilical cord; anti-infective agent.

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