New from Issue 6! Reducing Risk Factors for Necrotizing Enterocolitis: What Is the Recent Evidence and Biologic Plausibility Supporting Probiotics?
Is the use of probiotics recommended for reducing NEC? This is a great question, and the answers are discussed in the CEU article which is a systematic review in this issue – we hope you will read the pros and cons provided in this interesting article.
New from Issue 6! Differences in Neonatal Outcomes Among Premature Infants Exposed to Mother's Own Milk Versus Donor Human Milk
This review articles provides an overview of the difference in outcomes for preterm infants receiving mother's own milk as opposed to donor human milk and why we should consider more strategies to support the use of mother's own milk. While donor milk provides some things formula cannot it is not the same as mother's milk.
Micro-preemie parents’ perceptions of trauma-informed developmental neuroprotective care and nursing support
The birth of very immature preterm infants is traumatic for both the infants and parents. This manuscript describes parents’ perceptions of the care their micro-preemies received in a dedicated Small Baby Room using trauma-informed developmental neuroprotective care. Parents felt that they received individualized family-centered high-quality nursing care and had significant praise for the compassionate caregiving.
Implementation and Practice Barriers of Family-Centered Care Encountered by Neonatal Nurses
This study reports on the facilitators and barriers to implementation of family centered care from the perspective of NICU nurses. Nurse empowerment was a strong predictor of FCC practice, and compassion fatigue had a small inverse relationship with FCC practice. Strategies to improve nurse empowerment may facilitate implementation of FCC in the NICU.
Using a Bundle Approach to Prevent Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia in Very Premature Infants
Preventing Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) in Very Premature Infants continues to a high priority for this at-risk population of infants. How and when we provide care matters, and we need to work together and continue to improve. This article describes a bundled approach where improvements in outcomes were noted.
Olmsted Syndrome: Case Report of Nursing Management of Premature Twins
The CE article for this issue is about care of the infant with Olmsted Syndrome. While you don’t see these infants often in the NICU, understanding the assessment and care needs is important. Please take the time to read this important article.
A Systematic Review of the Effects of Skin-to-Skin Contact on Biomarkers of Stress in Preterm Infants and Parents
This systematic review of the literature summarize the current state of knowledge on changes in biomarkers (ie, oxytocin [OT], cortisol, hypoxanthine, xanthine, uric acid, and allantoin), associated with Skin to Skin Care in premature infants and parents, that may reflect physiologic responses to stress.
Pulse Oximetry Saturation (SpO2) monitoring in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): The Challenge for Providers: A Systematic Review
This systematic review determined SpO2 target values that would best avoid hypoxemia or hyperoxemia and thus their associated complications.