Developmental Care of Newborns & Infants: A Guide for Health Professionals / Edition 1

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Presenting valuable information on the interaction between an infant, the family, and the surrounding environment, this practical resource from the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) discusses developmental care to help readers support the individualized needs of the developing newborn and the family. Featuring a multidisciplinary approach to care, the book also includes contributions from a variety of experts in medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, family health, developmental care, and nursing.

• Provides readers with a multidisciplinary approach to the developmental care of newborns and infants.
• Includes the core knowledge of developmental care and the impact on that care.
• Focuses on solid, evidence-based practice across all disciplines and care providers.
• Incorporates the family as an integral part of the team, as family-centered care supports the parental role as primary care provider.
• Follows a holistic approach to understanding the interaction between the infant, family, and environment.
• Represents the concept of care as a continuum from prenatal to home discharge.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Toni L. Earleywine, RN, BS, BSN (Union Hospital)
Description: This is a comprehensive study of and guide to understanding the history, principles, and implementation of developmentally supportive care of newborns in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU). Information on outcomes for this approach as well as interventions for overcoming barriers is also included.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the editors, is to provide standardized education, a core curriculum, in providing developmentally supportive care to NICU patients and their families. The book is certainly needed as it pulls together a wealth of research, information, and practice guidelines into one resource book, which, to my knowledge, is the first of its kind. In my opinion, the editors have surpassed their goal.
Audience: The intended audience is all healthcare professionals who provide care to NICU patients and their families. It is an excellent resource and guide for those professionals as well as a textbook for students. Dr. Kenner is a renowned author, educator, and leader in the field of neonatal nursing so is certainly a credible authority in this field.
Features: The book begins with an interesting history of hospital care of neonates, particularly preterm infants, and describes the fairly recent conception and birth of developmentally supportive care in the NICU. Traditionally, NICU design and care practices have been developed and organized primarily to meet the needs of staff more than the needs of patients. Continuous, high-intensity fluorescent lighting, excessive noise levels, frequent, improper handling, and improper positioning cause stress and sensory overload in already hypersensitive, premature infants. These harsh environmental factors are related to physiologic instability and are thought to have detrimental effects on neurodevelopment. In addition, the NICU environment has traditionally been unfriendly to parents and family. This practice can have long-term, detrimental effects on family dynamics. Research has demonstrated that preterm infants' medical and developmental outcomes can be improved by implementing developmentally supportive care. The book includes chapters on fetal and neonatal growth and development and factors that influence that development. A particularly interesting chapter describes theoretic foundations and is co-authored by Heidelise Als, a pioneer in the study of developmentally supportive care, and Gretchen Lawhon. Other chapters include detailed information concerning specific infant care practices, incorporating parents into the care team, NICU design guidelines, implementing change/overcoming obstacles, outcomes of developmentally supportive care, and education and roles for healthcare professionals. The book also provides a wealth of print and Web resources.
Assessment: For a number of years, I have studied developmentally supportive care and have incorporated it into my own practice in neonatal nursing. There is an abundance of information out there, and I have often wished for a book such as this which pulls it all together for me. It is an excellent resource and textbook for practitioners and students.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323024433
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 3/26/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Table of Contents

Unit 1: Developmental Care: An Integrative, Holistic Approach
1. Developmental Care: An Overview
2. Individualized Care: Actions for the Individualized Staff Member
3. Theoretical Perspective for Developmentally Supportive Care
4. Infant Mental Health: A New Dimension to Care
5. The NICU Environment
Unit 2: Fetal Development and Factors that Impact on Growth
6. Critical Periods of Development
7. Neurological Development
8. Motor Development Chronology: A Dynamic Process
9. Factors That May Influence Fetal Development
10. The NICU Experience and its Relationship to Sensory Integration
11. Infant Sleep Position Protocols
12. Pain Management
13. Palliative Care
Unit III: Research and Interventions
14. Environmental Issues
15. Caregiving and the Environment
16. Positioning
17. Feeding
18. Family Issues-Professional Parent
19. Father's Role in NICU Care: Evidence-Based Practice
Unit IV: Beyond the NICU: Long-Term Outcomes
20. Early Intervention Beyond the Newborn Period
21. NICU and Beyond Benefits: Benchmarking with Measurable Outcomes
Unit V: Implementation and Issues Related to Developmental Care
22. Organizational Climate, Implementation of Change, and Outcomes
23. Implications of Early Intervention Legislation
24. Interdisciplinary Competency Validation
25. Developmental Care and Advanced Practice Nursing Education
26. New Roles for Developmental Care
27. Professional Issues & Future of Developmental Care: Where will it be in the 21st Century
A. Sample Protocols for Developmental Care
B. Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP®)
C. Children's Medical Ventures Wee Care ®
D. Bibliography/Web Resources

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