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Initiation and extent of skin-to-skin care at two Swedish neonatal intensive care units

Blomqvist, Ylva Thernström; Ewald, Uwe; Gradin, Maria; Nyqvist, Kerstin Hedberg and Rubertsson, Christine LU (2013) In Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics 102(1). p.22-28
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Aim: To describe initiation and extent of parents' application of skin-to-skin care (SSC) with their preterm infants at two Swedish neonatal intensive care units. Methods: The duration of SSC was recorded in 104 infants' medical charts during their hospital stay, and the parents answered a questionnaire. Results: Both parents were involved in the practice of SSC. Three infants experienced SSC directly after birth, 34 within 1h, 85 within 24h and the remaining 19 at 24-78h postbirth. SSC commenced earlier (median age of 50min) in infants whose first SSC was with their father instead of with their mother (median age of 649min: p<0.001). The earlier the SSC was initiated, the longer the infant was cared for skin-to-skin per day during... (More)

Aim: To describe initiation and extent of parents' application of skin-to-skin care (SSC) with their preterm infants at two Swedish neonatal intensive care units. Methods: The duration of SSC was recorded in 104 infants' medical charts during their hospital stay, and the parents answered a questionnaire. Results: Both parents were involved in the practice of SSC. Three infants experienced SSC directly after birth, 34 within 1h, 85 within 24h and the remaining 19 at 24-78h postbirth. SSC commenced earlier (median age of 50min) in infants whose first SSC was with their father instead of with their mother (median age of 649min: p<0.001). The earlier the SSC was initiated, the longer the infant was cared for skin-to-skin per day during his/her hospital stay (p<0.001). The median daily duration of SSC was 403min. Conclusion: Early initiation of SSC had positive impact on the extent of parents' application of SSC. Even though the infants in this study were cared for skin-to-skin to a high extent, there is a potential for extended use of SSC in this type of hospital setting for reducing separation between infants and parents.

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Kangaroo Mother Care, Neonatal care, Neonatal intensive care, Parenting, Skin-to-skin contact
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Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
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102
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1
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7 pages
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Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
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0803-5253
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10.1111/apa.12056
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English
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  abstract     = {<p>Aim: To describe initiation and extent of parents' application of skin-to-skin care (SSC) with their preterm infants at two Swedish neonatal intensive care units. Methods: The duration of SSC was recorded in 104 infants' medical charts during their hospital stay, and the parents answered a questionnaire. Results: Both parents were involved in the practice of SSC. Three infants experienced SSC directly after birth, 34 within 1h, 85 within 24h and the remaining 19 at 24-78h postbirth. SSC commenced earlier (median age of 50min) in infants whose first SSC was with their father instead of with their mother (median age of 649min: p&lt;0.001). The earlier the SSC was initiated, the longer the infant was cared for skin-to-skin per day during his/her hospital stay (p&lt;0.001). The median daily duration of SSC was 403min. Conclusion: Early initiation of SSC had positive impact on the extent of parents' application of SSC. Even though the infants in this study were cared for skin-to-skin to a high extent, there is a potential for extended use of SSC in this type of hospital setting for reducing separation between infants and parents.</p>},
  author       = {Blomqvist, Ylva Thernström and Ewald, Uwe and Gradin, Maria and Nyqvist, Kerstin Hedberg and Rubertsson, Christine},
  issn         = {0803-5253},
  keyword      = {Kangaroo Mother Care,Neonatal care,Neonatal intensive care,Parenting,Skin-to-skin contact},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {22--28},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd},
  series       = {Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics},
  title        = {Initiation and extent of skin-to-skin care at two Swedish neonatal intensive care units},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/apa.12056},
  volume       = {102},
  year         = {2013},
}