Tag Archives: NICU

ZAP-VAP A Quality Improvement Initiative to Decrease Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 2012-2016

Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is the second most frequent hospital-acquired infection in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) and significantly affects neonatal morbidity and mortality. The population most at risk for VAP are extremely preterm infants. The objectives of this quality improvement project were to … Continue reading

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What Are the Effects of the Maternal Voice on Preterm Infants in the NICU?

Premature infants often experience extended stays in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) as opposed to home with parents. This prolonged separation creates a strain for both parents and infants, decreasing attachment and parental caregiving. One strategy to combat this … Continue reading

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Improving Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in NICU Patients

Premature infants experience stressors such as external stimulation with sounds, light, touch, and open positioning in NICU that negatively affect outcomes. The environment of the NICU can be modified to better mimic the uterus. Developmentally appropriate care includes strategies to minimize the stress of … Continue reading

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NICU Graduate Reunion “A Celebration of Life”

This article provides a discussion about the importance of an annual reunion for former NICU infants, their families, and neonatal staff and describe the experience of organising this reunion over the past 20 years at a regional neonatal centre in the United States. The impact of seeing … Continue reading

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How Nurse Work Environments Relate to the Presence of Parents in Neonatal Intensive Care

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between the NICU work environment and parental presence in the NICU using a national data set. The authors conducted a cross-sectional, observational study of a national sample of 104 NICUs, where 6060 … Continue reading

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Evaluation of Key Factors Impacting Feeding Safety in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Systematic Review

Individualized feeding care plans and safe handling of milk (human or formula) are critical in promoting growth, immune function, and neurodevelopment in the preterm infant. Feeding errors and disruptions or limitations to feeding processes in the neonatal intensive care unit … Continue reading

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Using a composite morbidity score and cultural survey to explore characteristics of high proficiency neonatal intensive care units

As morbidity variability has not been stopped with continuous quality improvement (CQI) collaboration, this study measures cultural, environmental and cognitive factors to separate high proficiency and low proficiency NICUs on composite morbidity score. All studied factors vary among NICUs, and … Continue reading

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