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Fathers’ Needs and Masculinity Dilemmas in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Denmark

Most healthcare professionals in neonatal intensive care units typically focus on the infants and mothers; fathers often feel powerless and find it difficult to establish a father-child relationship. In family-centered healthcare settings, exploring fathers’ experiences and needs is important because … Continue reading

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Mother’s Lived Experience During Repair of Long-Gap Esophageal Atresia: A Phenomenological Inquiry

Infants born with long-gap esophageal atresia (LGEA) pose unique physiologic risks in the newborn period. Anatomic and physiologic anomalies require an extended hospitalization with procedural analgesia and sedation that impact the mother’s experience of birth, maternal response, and nurturing of … Continue reading

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A Fortified Donor Milk Policy is Associated With Improved In-Hospital Head Growth and Weight Gain in Very Low-Birth-Weight Infants

  The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of early human milk feeding (donor milk and/or mother’s own milk) with standard fortification on in-hospital growth of very low-birth-weight infants. This pre-/postretrospective study included selected newborn infants less … Continue reading

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Quality Improvement Project to Reduce Delayed Vaccinations in Preterm Infants

The goal of this quality improvement project was to improve on time vaccinations of preterm infants hospitalized in the neonatal intensive care unit.  The Plan-Do-Study-Act model of quality improvement was adopted to develop, test, and implement interventions aimed at improving … Continue reading

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Preventing Pressure Injuries in Neonates Undergoing Therapeutic Hypothermia for Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy: An Interprofessional Quality Improvement Project

Hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs) can be caused by multiple factors including pressure, shear, friction, moisture/incontinence, device-related pressure, immobility, inactivity, and nutritional deficits. Along with immobility, medical device-related (MDR) HAPIs are a primary cause of pressure injury in neonates, as the … Continue reading

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Early characteristics of infants with pulmonary hypertension in a referral neonatal intensive care unit

Approximately 8–23% of premature infants develop pulmonary hypertension (PH), and this diagnosis confers a higher possibility of mortality. As a result, professional societies recommend PH screening in premature infants. However, the risk factors for and the outcomes of PH may … Continue reading

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Transition to parenthood in the neonatal care unit: a qualitative study and conceptual model designed to illuminate parent and professional views of the impact of webcam technology

Complications during pregnancy, childbirth and/or the postnatal period may result in the admission of a baby to a neonatal unit (NNU). While the survival and long-term prospects of high-risk infants are enhanced by admission, the enforced separation of the parent … Continue reading

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