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Effect of reading to preterm infants on measures of cardiorespiratory stability in the neonatal intensive care unit

Journal of Perinatologyvolume 38pages15361541 (2018) | Download Citation

Abstract

Objective

To evaluate the impact of parental bedside reading (PR) on cardio-respiratory (CR) stability of preterm infants.

Methods/Study design

Prospective examination of the impact of PR on CR stability in preterm NICU infants. CR data from 3 time points: pre-reading (3 and 1 h before reading), during PR, and post-reading (1 h after reading) were compared.

Results

Eighteen infants born at 23–31wks gestation, and 8 to 56 days old, were enrolled. Episodes of oxygen desaturation to <85% were fewer during PR as compared to the pre-reading periods and were fewer with live and maternal PR.

Conclusion

Preterm infants showed fewer desaturation events less than 85% during PR than prior to reading exposure. This effect persisted up to 1 h after reading exposure. Desaturation events were fewer with live and maternal PR. Voice exposure can be an important way for parents to participate in the care of their preterm infants.

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This work was supported by the Juliet Grace Smith Foundation.

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  1. Division of Neonatology Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA, USA

    • Melissa Scala
    •  & Maria Scala
  2. Division of Neonatology Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC, USA

    • Suna Seo
    • , Juniper Lee-Park
    • , Christina McClure
    • , Judith Jones Palafoutas
    •  & Kabir Abubakar

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