Did You Know: Opioid Exposure

2019-06-11T15:12:19-04:00June 11th, 2019|

Did you know LOS can be decreased when we focus on non-pharmacological interventions for opioid exposed infants? In a 2019 literature review, Piccotti and associates examined the effects of the opioid crisis on pregnant women, mothers, and their infants.  According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey, more than 14 million people in [...]

Did You Know: Supporting Families

2019-05-13T15:35:11-04:00May 2nd, 2019|

Did you know how we engage with families impacts how supported they feel? In a 2019 article entitled Parents’ Experiences of Support In NICU Single-Family Rooms, Liu & Associates explored parental feelings of support and nonsupport in the single family room design of a Level III NICU in Canada.  We know that single family rooms [...]

Did You Know: Therapeutic Positioning

2019-03-05T14:25:56-05:00March 5th, 2019|

Did you know each time you position a baby in the NICU you can improve their motor development and weight gain?   In a 2019 study, Improving Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in NICU Patients, Painter & colleagues examined the impact of developmental positioning on length of stay, weight gain, tone and flexion. Researchers performed a retrospective chart [...]

Design Recommended Standards for Newborn ICU Design

2018-12-07T15:35:48-05:00December 7th, 2018|

Design Recommended Standards for Newborn ICU Design. Clearwater Beach, FL: Committee to Establish Recommended Standards for Newborn ICU Design; 2012. Eighth Census Conference on Newborn ICU Design   Standard 14: Ambient lighting in Infant Care Area 10 to 600 lux with adjustable, manual controls CRI > 80 and 80 < GAI < 100 Standard 15: Procedure lighting [...]

Did You Know : Human Interaction

2019-11-12T17:25:41-05:00October 7th, 2018|

Human Interaction in the NICU and its Association with Outcomes on the Brief Infant-Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment (BITSEA) 3 Researchers tracked the quantity and type of human interaction for the first 30 days of life Subjects: 50 preterm infants with a mean GA of 25 weeks Results: During the first 30 days of life, infants experienced [...]

Did You Know: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

2019-03-05T12:12:38-05:00August 24th, 2018|

Did you know infants treated for neonatal abstinence syndrome score significantly lower in cognitive, language, and motor outcomes at age 2?    In the 2018 study by Merhar and colleagues, entitled Retrospective Review of Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Infants Treated for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, researchers completed a retrospective cohort study looking at neurodevelopmental outcomes of 87 infants treated for [...]

Did You Know?

2018-07-10T18:13:46-04:00July 9th, 2018|

Did you know that targeted education can improve staff knowledge and caregiving practices in the NICU?    In the 2018 study by Charafeddine and colleagues, entitled Targeted Educational Program Improves Infant Positioning Practice in the NICU, researchers focused on improving the consistency of  therapeutic positioning in their unit. This was achieved by completing two rounds of [...]

Did You Know?

2018-06-12T17:36:30-04:00June 12th, 2018|

Did you know skin-to-skin holding increases oxytocin and decreases cortisol in babies and their parents?    In the 2018 study by Vittner and colleagues, entitled Increase in Oxytocin From Skin-to-Skin Contact Enhances Development of Parent-Infant Relationship, researchers studied the correlation between skin-to-skin holding and oxytocin and cortisol levels and parental stress and anxiety. This randomized crossover [...]

Did You Know?

2018-05-02T18:13:15-04:00May 2nd, 2018|

Did you know Family Integrated Care improves weight gain and high frequency breastfeeding while also decreasing parental anxiety and stress?    In the 2018 study by O'Brien and colleagues, entitled Effectiveness of Family Integrated Care in Neonatal Intensive Care Units on Infant and Parent Outcomes: a Multicentre, Multinational, Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial, researchers compared the differences between [...]

Did You Know?

2018-03-21T17:34:33-04:00March 21st, 2018|

Did you know neonatal massage was shown to improve weight gain velocity and decrease length of stay by 12 days?    In the 2018 study by Taheri and colleagues, entitled The Effect of a Short Course of Moderate Pressure Sunflower Oil Massage on the Weight Gain Velocity and Length of NICU Stay in Preterm Infants, researchers examined [...]