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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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Golden Hour Protocol for Preterm Infants A Quality Improvement Project

Preterm infants are a vulnerable patient population, especially during the first hours of life. Hypothermia, hypoglycemia, and early-onset sepsis are common problems related to prematurity. Implementation of a Golden Hour protocol has been shown to improve outcomes for preterm infants. This study evaluates the effectiveness … Continue reading

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Maternally-administered massage and weight gain in preterm and low birthweight infants: a systematic review

Early tactile experiences have long-term effects on preterm infants’ sensory performance. Weight gain is key to infant development; while research confirms that massage impacts positively on weight gain in this population, most of the literature focuses on massage administered by … Continue reading

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Estimating length of stay for very preterm babies

Estimating neonatal length of stay has received limited attention in the past. Anecdotally parents are told that their baby will be discharged home ‘around their due date’ but there is no evidence to suggest this is an accurate estimate. This … Continue reading

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Does providing a very small volume of maternal colostrum into the mouth of preterm babies (oropharyngeal colostrum (OPC)) prevent complications and improve health outcomes?

Placing a small volume of colostrum – the first milk produced by the mother during the first few days of life – directly onto the inside of the cheeks of preterm infants may provide immunological and growth factors that stimulate … Continue reading

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Mean platelet volume in preterm: a predictor of early onset neonatal sepsis

  Abstract Background: Early onset sepsis (EOS) is potentially life-threatening problem especially in preterm. EOS diagnosis is challenging due to its non-specific signs and laboratory tests. Mean platelet volume (MPV) has been used as predictor of many inflammatory diseases. Objectives: … Continue reading

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Specialised milk feeds for term and preterm infants

Good nutrition is important at all stages of life but none more so than during infancy. The aim of this article is to provide a summary of the nutritional qualities of breast milk, breast milk fortifier and the various types … Continue reading

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