In this special issue on newborn skin care, Marliese Nist describes the improved skin integrity outcomes seen after consistently implementing weekly skin rounds in the NICU over a number of years. Premature infant skin care and prevention of harm are addressed by Deanna Johnson in her article, including adhesive use, diaper care, and product use to avoid potential allergens. Safe product selection is also in an in-depth discussion by Joanne Kuller. A case study involving diaper dermatitis is presented by Media Esser, as well as her unit-based algorithm designed to standardize products and their use for this condition in the NICU population and Carol Lund provides a review of current controversies surrounding newborn bathing practices including the daily bathing of NICU patients with chlorhexidine gluconate.
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