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OBJECTIVE The health benefits provided by breast milk are significant in preterm infants. Despite recommendations, rates of breastfeeding in preterm infants are lower than in term infants. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a multidisciplinary intervention in promoting any breastfeeding in preterm infants at discharge. METHODS A(More)
BACKGROUND Late preterm infants account for the majority of preterm births. They are at an increased risk of neonatal mortality and morbidity and are less likely to initiate breastfeeding and to be exclusively breastfed at discharge compared to infants born at term. The aim of this study was to identify the facilitators and barriers to breastfeeding during(More)
BACKGROUND The Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) is based on preterm infant's observation during hospitalization and considers infant's behavior as the key to evaluate the level of neurobehavioral maturation. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the effectiveness of NIDCAP program on mother's support and infant development. (More)
Background. Chronic neonatal pain can lead to long-term adverse effects on the immature brain. EDIN scale for prolonged pain might not be fully suitable for premature infants. We aimed to test a modified EDIN scale, adding postmenstrual age (PMA) as a sixth item (EDIN6). Methods. In a two-phase prospective study, pain was assessed in all neonates admitted(More)
Patient safetyis a priority worldwide. According to the WHO medical errors involve 1 in 10 patients, providing damageor injury, including standing up to cause death [1]. Even the nurses can not refrain from protecting the patient as regards security, as explained in Art. 29 of the Code of ethics of nurses [2]. The complexity of the Neo-natal Intensive Care(More)
BACKGROUND Feeding difficulties frequently occur in preterm infants, thus contributing to delayed growth and hospital discharge. AIMS To evaluate the effect of Kangaroo mother care implementation and parental involvement in infants' feeding on the timing of achievement of full oral feeding in preterm infants. STUDY DESIGN Prospective, observational,(More)
BACKGROUND The heel stick is the method of choice in most neonatal units for capillary blood sampling, and it represents the most common event among all painful procedures performed on newborns. The type and design of heel stick device and the clinical procedure to collect a blood sample may have an impact on newborn pain response as well. OBJECTIVE To(More)
Pre-term infants frequently experience difficulties in attaining independent oral feeding, thus delaying the achievement of an adequate nutritional status and hospital discharge. The aim of this retrospective, single-centre, observational study was to investigate the effect of co-morbidities on the timing of the achievement of full oral feeding in pre-term(More)
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