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Parents of Premature Baby Save His Life by Keeping Him in Icebox-Turned-Incubator

Parents of Premature Baby Save His Life by Keeping Him in Icebox-Turned-Incubator | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
The parents of a premature baby in India were able to save the child's life by using an inventive ice-box-turned-incubator. Mithilesh Chauhan was born to Aru
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In this article it shows how important incubators are to the development of a premature baby. In this case, the parents did not have the money to keep their child in the NICU, and instead made a makeshift incubator at home, and believe that this is the only reason he is still alive. Although this incubator isn't as sophisticated as the ones in the NICU, it still goes to show that even the simplest technology in incubators can save a childs life. 

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Kayla Hood's curator insight, April 28, 2014 12:33 PM

This article touches upon the development from birth to being able to become stable on their own. Like this article, the parents from india gave birth to a premature baby and they couldn't afford to keep their child in the NICU, their-fore their only option was an incubator, the incubator wasn't as high tech as the one in NICU but it saved the little boys life. Their-fore it always isn't the high tech equipment that could save ones life.

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Improved Care and Growth Outcomes by Using Hybrid Humidified Incubators in Very Preterm Infants

Improved Care and Growth Outcomes by Using Hybrid Humidified Incubators in Very Preterm Infants | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
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This article shows that in a study infants that were cared for in a humidified incubator showed a higher level of electrolytes, better overall health, and were able to have a decreased fluid intake due to the humidified air being brought to them through the machine. These infants also grew at a better rate and progressed faster than those placed in a regular un humidified incubator. 

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Poorly babies are on the move thanks to a new incubator from Drager

Poorly babies are on the move thanks to a new incubator from Drager | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
Premature babies will now have better care when travelling between hospitals thanks to the launch of a new transport incubator from a company in Hemel Hempstead.
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This article shows how a new incubator makes it easier to care for and transport infants from one hospital to the next, without having to be moved among other devices and results in overall better health for the baby. It is better for the baby because it is not constantly being disturbed and handled, making it have unnecessary stress.
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Research highlight: Kangaroo care and the effect on newborns

Research highlight: Kangaroo care and the effect on newborns | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
Barb Morrison is talking to anyone she can about something dear to her heart: kangaroo care.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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Kangaroo care is widely used for premature babies, but it is also being used for full term babies. It promotes a bonding experience between the baby and its parents, and promotes growth and mental health.

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Accelerating Global Practice of Kangaroo Mother Care

Accelerating Global Practice of Kangaroo Mother Care | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
If universal KMC coverage was achieved, it is estimated that it could save the lives of more than 450,000 preterm newborns each year.

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This article highlights the importance of kangaroo care, and shows that if mothers world wide had access to proper kangaroo care that the lives of over 450,000 babies could be saved each year. Organizations are trying to raise money to properly train hospitals to carry out this life saving technique. 

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Kayla Hood's curator insight, April 28, 2014 12:01 PM
Kangaroo mother care developed thirty five years ago in bogota due to the lack of incubators for premature babies. Kangaroo care is skin to skin contact from the mother to the child thus creating stability, warmth, and the reduction of infection by fifty percent. KMC has saved over 450,000 premature newborns and has brought together twenty orginizations.
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The Pros and Cons of Single Family NICU Rooms

The Pros and Cons of Single Family NICU Rooms | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
For no apparent reason my son, Noah, was born five weeks early. That may seem like no big deal, but when you’re a first-time parent and your tiny baby is in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) attached to all sorts of devices… it's a REALLY big deal. I gave birth in what is known as...
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Nicole Coddington's comment, February 21, 2014 8:59 AM
In recent years there has been a bigger drive towards building private NICU rooms. It increases privacy, health standards, and bonding with your child. It allows moms to feel more at ease when breastfeeding or administering kangaroo care. The rooms are also more customizable,from the lighting to the noise levels.
Kayla Hood's curator insight, March 27, 2014 10:35 AM
A mother had delivered her baby 5 weeks sooner then exspected and her baby was placed in the baby factor, 18,000 babies are born each year an placed in here. The nicu is increasing in their design/structure their creating privacy and easier accessiblity to health insurance. When babies are placed in the nicu sfs nurses watch and deal with alot less stress. When placing a kid in the nicu their may not be just your kid, it could be other families combined thus creating awkwardness.
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Simulating The NICU Experience - Healthcare Design

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Simulating The NICU Experience Healthcare Design The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) was selected as the subject of the 2013 PESL, in order to explore benefits and challenges of single-family patient rooms, a design choice many new facilities...
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Participants were able to go through the NICU experience step by step, including different scenarios that would take place and day to day life in a NICU.From there, doctors and nurses were able to see what works and what doesnt work for parents, as well as themselves. This allows for better care of infants in the NICU, along with better understanding between parents and doctors.
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Single-Family NICU Rooms Improve Parent, Staff Satisfaction - Marketwired (press release)

Single-Family NICU Rooms Improve Parent, Staff Satisfaction - Marketwired (press release) | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
Single-Family NICU Rooms Improve Parent, Staff Satisfaction
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TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb.
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A big part in the move to the new NICU was hiring a parent coordinator, who encourages parents to take place in support groups and classes on how to care for their new babies, as well as gave them access to special care within their privatized rooms, making the experience more real, and making them feel more at home.
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This article states that a new incubator bed makes itself versatile in order for babies to be cared for and operated on without being moved or disturbed. In the normal incubator mode the baby is encased within the incubator, but in the radiant warming mode all of the incubator walls are removed and an overhead "heat lamp" evenly distributes heat over the baby and its mattress area without overheating anyone around it performing routine procedures. 

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Incubators - Machines That Ensure That Your Little Ones Breathe ...

Incubators - Machines That Ensure That Your Little Ones Breathe ... | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
NICU Incubators are essentially used for controlling temperature and environment of underweight infants and pre-mature born babies. Temperature regulation is especially important when it comes to new borns as their ...
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This article discusses the importance of incubators and how with furthering technology they are becoming more and more useful and vital for the care of infants in the NICU. They keep the babies warm as well as make the air that they breath safer and more suitable for their fragile lungs.
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Kayla Hood's curator insight, April 28, 2014 12:26 PM

This article touches upon the use of incubators an how much they have gradually effected the NICU. The importance of the incubators is to keep the babies warm and increase their breathing  habits for their little lungs.

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Q&A with Joy Lawn: Kangaroo Mother Care - Voice of America

Q&A with Joy Lawn: Kangaroo Mother Care - Voice of America | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
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A mother's touch really cam save a child's life. That's the claim behind Kangaroo Mother Care.
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This article once again highlights the importance of kangaroo care,and also shows that through studies when babies are part of kangaroo care,they pick up certain protections from their mothers skin,that then protect them from other infections in the NICU. It is also shown to help brain development and stabilize vital signs.
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Kayla Hood's curator insight, March 26, 2014 10:21 AM

Kangaroo Mother care is very beneficial to the baby and the mothers touch helps it to feel more safe then being seperated from their mom. Studies have shown that the mothers touch of skin has prevented infections, protect the baby from other bugs, and helped the effect on the brain. Asia has the highest rate of small premature babies weighing only 2.5 kilograms.

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Kangaroo Care Offers Developmental Benefits for Premature Newborns

Kangaroo Care Offers Developmental Benefits for Premature Newborns | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
Research shows chest-to-chest touching between baby and mother offers benefits beyond bonding and breastfeeding for the tiniest newborns.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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This article shows evidence of studies done in germany where babies who have constant kangaroo care leave the NICU up to three weeks earlier than babies who receive little to no kangaroo care. It says that ideally babies should be held skin to skin for 22 hours a day for the first six weeks, and since that is so demanding, most NICU's offer nurses who can step in and help. 

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Kayla Hood's curator insight, April 28, 2014 12:55 PM

Kangaroo care offers more benefits to those who recieve little to none. A study was done in germany where premature infants used kangaroo skin to skin contact and were able to leave the nicu three weeks earlier compared to those who recieved little to none. Babies were held for twenty two hours.

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Bronx hospital offers cuddling service for preemie babies - CBS News

Bronx hospital offers cuddling service for preemie babies - CBS News | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
Bronx hospital offers cuddling service for preemie babies
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"It's often hard for parents to be here 24-7," Cindy Running, nurse manager of St. Luke's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, told the Sioux City Journal.

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This hospital is offering cuddling services for babies who's parents can be there to administer kangaroo care as often as they'd like the child to receive it. Special nurses are being granted permission to carry out kangaroo care with these sick infants, as it has been proven to stabilize vital signs and aid in development.

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Kayla Hood's curator insight, April 28, 2014 1:19 PM

The bronx hospital offers cuddling sessions for infants who cant be their for them 24/7. The kangaroo skin to skin contact increases their vital organs and increases their growth upon development.

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Study suggests private NICU rooms may influence preemies’ development | Newsroom | Washington University in St. Louis

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Nicole Coddington's comment, February 21, 2014 9:01 AM
Studies are showing that private NICU rooms may not be whats best for a baby,because it seems to have an affect on their language development. After comparing MRI's of babies that remained in an open nursery, to ones that stayed in private rooms, there seems to be a low tolerance of noise with the privately roomed ones, as well as a language cortex in their brain that isnt as developed.
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New NICU Room System Improves Outcomes - Laboratory Equipment

New NICU Room System Improves Outcomes - Laboratory Equipment | Neonatal Nursing | Scoop.it
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New NICU Room System Improves Outcomes
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The design of Sunnybrook's new NICU has significantly improved parent and staff satisfaction.
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Nicole Coddington's comment, February 21, 2014 10:46 AM
The new NICU allowed doctors nurses and parents to see the changes between the old NICU and the new more private one. They measured satisfaction levels six months before the move, and then again six months and a year after the move into the new NICU. This showed an increase in satisfaction between both parents and doctors alike, and cut costs by $500
Kayla Hood's curator insight, April 28, 2014 12:43 PM

Nicu rooms started off as open bay rooms which consisted of only being able to have 12 babies for every 40 sq feet, now that they have remodeled to the nicu they can fit 48 babies from every 120 sq feet. The improvements of the expansion have created more room for staff, family, less medical errors, infections, and have lowered the cost by 500 dollars.