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Initiation and extent of skin-to-skin care at two Swedish neonatal intensive care units
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Pediatrics. (Barnendokrinologisk forskning/Gustafsson)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Pediatrics. (Barnendokrinologisk forskning/Gustafsson)
Örebro Medical Centre Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Pediatrics. (Barnendokrinologisk forskning/Gustafsson)
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2013 (English)In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 102, no 1, 22-28 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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 1 h, 85 within 24 h and the remaining 19 at 24-78 h postbirth. SSC commenced earlier (median age of 50 min) in infants whose first SSC was with their father instead of with their mother (median age of 649 min: 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 403 min.

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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2013. Vol. 102, no 1, 22-28 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-188657DOI: 10.1111/apa.12056ISI: 000312313200013PubMedID: 23072448OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-188657DiVA: diva2:578567
Available from: 2012-12-18 Created: 2012-12-18 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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