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Watchful attention; custody; diligence; concern; caution; as opposed to Negligence or carelessness.

In the law of negligence, the standard of reasonable conduct determines the amount of care to be exercised in a situation. The care taken must be proportional to the apparent risk. As danger increases, commensurate caution must be observed.

Slight care is the care persons of ordinary prudence generally exercise in regard to their personal affairs of minimal importance.

Reasonable care, also known as ordinary care, is the degree of care, diligence, or precaution that may fairly, ordinarily, and properly be expected or required in consideration of the nature of the action, the subject matter, and the surrounding circumstances.

Great care is the degree of care that persons of ordinary prudence usually exercise with respect to their personal affairs of great importance.

Another type of care is that which a fiduciary—a person having a duty, created by his or her undertaking, to act primarily for another's benefit—exercises in regard to valuable possessions entrusted to him or her by another.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. in law, to be attentive, prudent and vigilant. Essentially, care (and careful) means that a person does everything he/she is supposed to do (to prevent an accident). It is the opposite of negligence (and negligent), which makes the responsible person liable for damages to persons injured. If a person "exercises care," a court cannot find him/her responsible for damages from an accident in which he/she is involved. (See: careless)

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Local perceptions, cultural beliefs and practices that shape umbilical cord care: A Qualitative Study in Southern Province, Zambia2013 | Volume 8 | Issue 11 | e79191.
The results of our univariate analysis suggest that neonatal survival is enhanced by antenatal care, delivery in health facilities, good cord care, delivery assisted by trained health personnel and maternal immunization with at least 2 doses of TT during pregnancy.
In some health facilities such as Lunakwe Dispensary, Cheptais sub-county Hospital in Mount Elgon constituency and Chwele sub-county Hospital in Kabuchai sub-county that DN2 had an opportunity to visit in Bungoma, many had not had CHX in their stock for some time.Additionally, interviews with mothers attending postnatal clinics in the health facilities whose aim was to find out how well they understood umbilical cord care cast a shadow of doubt on the level of awareness being created by healthcare providers as many lacked this crucial knowledge.
Another mother on being asked about the cord care regime she adopted quoted, "Mustard oil is very effective.
The authors did not find any position statements of the international professional organizations regarding the umbilical cord care, however, some Slovenian neonatologists still recommend antiseptic prophylaxis of the umbilical cord stump (23) and application of 6% potassium permanganate is prescribed in the national guidelines for umbilical cord care in the delivery roo[m.sup.2] (9).
We recommended handwashing after respiratory secretion contact, before umbilical cord care, before breastfeeding, after fecal contact, and before food preparation.
Neonatal tetanus is a highly fatal, vaccine preventable disease resulting in a significant morbidity and mortality among new born in the developing world.1NNT is a bacterial infection that results when the umbilical cord is contaminated with the spores of clostridium tetani due to unhygienic measures taken during the delivery or poor cord care practices soon after the baby is born.2 Globally, NNT accounts for almost 7% of the deaths among children during the first four weeks of their lives.3NNT is a highly underreported disease and a large portion of the cases remain hidden from the recognition as it is estimated that only 5% of cases with NNT are actually reported to the health facilities.4
in environments with high neonatal mortality rates (>30 deaths per 1000 live births)." (3) Given the high rates of facility-based delivery and the low neonatal mortality rates found in the two African studies, the comment's authors recommend that no changes be made to the current WHO guidelines for cord care.
Conclusions: Topical application of breast milk on umbilical cord care leads to quick cord separation time and can be used as easy, cheep, non injury methods for umbilical cord care.
The skin and umbilicus was nidus, and source of infection for the sepsis probably was because of unhygienic umbilical cord care, application of different unclean substances, and branding.
Recent trials of home or clinic-based antibiotic treatment for neonatal infections in areas of high neonatal mortality where hospital referral was not feasible have shown significant reduction in neonatal mortality when antibiotic therapy has been delivered at home or PHCs located close to home.12,13 The antibiotics that have been successfully used for community-based treatment of neonatal infections (sepsis and pneumonia) include oral cotrimaxazole, penicillin or cephalexin, usually in combination with IM aminoglycosides.12,14 Although many trials have been conducted for determining the best cord care practices for prevention of omphalitis, but there are limited data on effective management of omphalitis.4,15