Point of care monitoring of milk sodium, potassium, and sodium: Potassium ratios in mothers of preterm infants, and associations with mastitis

Emma-Lee Anderton-May

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

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Abstract

This observational study of mothers of hospitalised preterm infants aimed to determine whether elevated milk sodium:potassium ratio (Na:K) and sodium concentrations measured at point of care were associated with mastitis. Incidence, 24 hour milk production changes and microorganisms cultured in milk were also examined.
Na:K and sodium concentrations were elevated at the onset of mastitis in the four observed episodes, with an incidence of 15.4% in this cohort. Three episodes were associated with decreased milk production whilst the most commonly isolated microorganism across all participants' milk samples was S.epidermidis.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationMasters
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Perrella, Sharon, Supervisor
  • Simmer, Karen, Supervisor
  • Geddes, Donna, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date11 Nov 2020
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020

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