In an effort to decrease this length of stay, caregivers in this NICU identified several opportunities for intervention and developed a process improvement project with a goal of reducing the length of stay by 20%for infants born at or beyond 35 weeks of gestation.
Bedside Webcams Provide Solace to Parents of NICU Babies
Extended NICU stays present a unique challenge to parents, who struggle to desire their desire to be present at their infant’s bedside with the need to return to work or care for other children at home. Bedside webcams may help reduce this parental distress, according to a new study.
By a Nose: Audit Program Lowers Rates of Chronic Lung Disease in Preterm Infants Supported With CPAP
Nasal injuries are common in NICU patients receiving continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) support. Neonatologist Hany Aly, MD, explains how Cleveland Clinic Children’s ensures that the CPAP nasal interface is properly adjusted for each infant.
Nurse Specialty Spotlight: Neonatal Nursing
Neonatal nursing is not for the faint of heart, yet the rewards are so great they are often life changing. For neonatal nurses, their patients may be small, but the act of caring for them is profound. Learn more in this month’s Year of the Nurse Specialty Spotlight!
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First Voices: Easing Stress Among Neonates and Families Separated During NICU Stays
A NICU stay can have negative effects on infants born prematurely and their families. A new Cleveland Clinic Children’s program uses recorded parental voice to reduce that stress and promote a nurturing environment for families separated by a NICU stay.
Depression Contributes to Missed Maternal Visits to NICU
Missed maternal visits to NICU is correlated with maternal depression, according to a small study presented this week at #AAP19. Neonatologist Anirudha Das, MD, discusses the findings and their clinical implications.
New Protocols in Mother/Baby Unit Help Reduce Opioid Use and Abuse
To help combat the opioid crisis, nurses in the mother/baby unit at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital have implemented several new protocols aimed at selective use of narcotic medications.
The Right Touch: The Role of Therapeutic Contact and Skin Protection in Premature Infants
With survival rates for premature infants improving, the focus on care is expanding to include improving babies’ well-being and optimizing growth and development.
Affordable Precision Medicine for Critically Ill Infants: The Time Is Now
Improvements in the cost and diagnostic accuracy of whole-exome and whole-genome sequencing are reshaping management of NICU patients. We explore benefits and barriers to use.
Neonatal Nursing Conference to Highlight New Care Realities
In its 11th year, Cleveland Clinic’s annual Neonatal Nursing Conference is designed to educate and engage attendees, while highlighting new understanding of care realities in the neonatal intensive care environment.