Inside the NICU: Shining light on the healing power of touch

Abigail underwent open-heart surgery and received care in Boston Children’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Traveling through Boston Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), you feel the warmth of natural light and a soothing sense of calm. One mom, leaning delicately over her son’s bedside, caresses his forehead and gently whispers a lullaby. Only a few steps away, a father rests in a chair with his tiny son on his chest. Lifesaving technology fills the 24-bed NICU and a reassuring team of specialized physicians, nurses and Child Life Specialists monitor, treat and embrace their delicate patients. Nearly 15 million babies, about 1 in 10, are born prematurely each year and in many cases, require complex medical and surgical care. Equally critical to preemie and newborn health is the healing power of touch, experts say. “We encourage families and our own staff to offer gentle touch and physical affection as part of our approach to managing pain and agitation, and promote healthy development,” says Boston Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Medical Director, Dr. Anne Hansen. There are several forms of therapeutic touch including skin-to-skin contact (also known as kangarooing), the “hand hug” where you place a hand on a child’s head and feet or simply apply gentle pressure on a child’s body. These techniques help regulate breathing and body temperature, create a sense of security and promote motor skills, ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Our Patients’ Stories neonatal intensive care unit NICU Source Type: news

Related Links:

In this study, we aimed to investigate the incidence of Dientamoeba fragilis with different diagnostic methods in patients with gastrointestinal symptoms and determine the sensitivity and specificity of existing diagnostic methods. Fecal samples collected from 101 patients with gastrointestinal complaints (especially upper abdominal pain, abdominal and pelvic pain, nausea and vomiting, gastroenteritis and colitis, unexplained fever and diarrhea) and 20 control cases from various clinics were included in the study. Samples were first examined with native-Lugol (N-L) method and cultured in Robinson medium. All 121 stool and ...
Source: Mikrobiyoloji Bulteni - Category: Microbiology Tags: Mikrobiyol Bul Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Renal diseases and some of the main related diseases corresponded to 12.97% of the expenses in the triennium 2013-2015, and RRT to more than 5% of the SUS expenses with medium and high complexity healthcare. Such high expenses determine great concerns on the future maintenance of treatment for stage-5 CKD in Brazil and countries in similar or worse conditions of development. PMID: 29927463 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Jornal Brasileiro de Nefrologia - Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: J Bras Nefrol Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: There was a significant increase in the number of transplants, with evolution in graft survival, despite the worsening in the profiles of recipients and donors. PMID: 29927459 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Jornal Brasileiro de Nefrologia - Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: J Bras Nefrol Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: This analysis confirmed that in this population, infection is the leading cause of mortality over the first 5 years after kidney transplantation. Several demographic and socioeconomic risk factors were associated with death, most of which are not readily modifiable. PMID: 29927458 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Jornal Brasileiro de Nefrologia - Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: J Bras Nefrol Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Pleasure at work for the studied teams was associated with freedom of expression, achievement, and professional recognition, and pain was related to professional exhaustion and work overload. PMID: 29933414 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Revista gaucha de enfermagem EENFUFRGS - Category: Nursing Tags: Rev Gaucha Enferm Source Type: research
Authors: Kovavisarach E, Sukontaman W Abstract Background: Pregnant women who prefer cesarean delivery may request it without any obstetric indication, and this could be one of the reasons for the high rates of cesarean deliveries. Objective: To determine the route of delivery preferred by Thai pregnant women. Material and Method: A cross-sectional study was performed of Thai pregnant women who attended the antenatal care (ANC) clinic in Rajavithi Hospital between February 1, 2011 and July 31, 2011. Participants were interviewed by one of the researchers using questionnaires relating to their preferred rout...
Source: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet thangphaet - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Med Assoc Thai Source Type: research
We report the case of a 51-year-old Thai female presented with right abdominal mass with pain and anemia. The radiographic findings showed ruptured renal mass. She underwent radical nephrectomy and the pathological report was malignant neuroendocrine tumor. Palliative chemotherapy was administered. The patient passed away three months after the operation. Renal neuroendocrine tumors are rare. Moreover, ruptured renal tumors are very rare. They are usually considered to be angiomyolipoma or renal cell carcinoma. Poor differentiation and rupture at presentation are aggressive features of tumors. To the best of our knowledge,...
Source: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet thangphaet - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Med Assoc Thai Source Type: research
Conclusion: Although our previous observational studies found that drains help reducing shoulder tip pain, our present randomized control trial found that they could not significantly reduce shoulder tip pain. Further studies to reduce shoulder tip pain should be conducted. PMID: 29927206 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet thangphaet - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Med Assoc Thai Source Type: research
Authors: Thanakitcharu P, Jitsuparat Y, Jirajan B Abstract Background: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), end-stage renal disease (ESRD) with dialysis, and kidney transplant (KT) recipients are associated with increased cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality. Arterial stiffness is a major nontraditional risk factor of CV disease, and increased aortic pulse wave velocity (PWV), the gold standard for arterial stiffness assessment, may predict CV morbidity and mortality in these patients. Objective: The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the prevalence of arterial stiffness in pre-dialysis ...
Source: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet thangphaet - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Med Assoc Thai Source Type: research
Authors: Sirikurnpiboon S, Siripattanakul A Abstract Background: Hemorrhoidectomy is a common procedure in clinical practice. Most operations are performed on an inpatient basis using general or regional anesthesia, and the use of local anesthesia is still limited due to concerns about postoperative care. Objective: To compare perioperative results including pain, urinary retention, bleeding and other complications after hemorrhoidectomy performed using local anesthesia (LA) on an out-patient basis with those achieved after spinal anesthesia (SA) on in-patient cases. Material and Method: This was a retrospe...
Source: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet thangphaet - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Med Assoc Thai Source Type: research
More News: Babies | Babies Heart Conditions | Blogging | Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia | Cardiology | Child Development | Children | Chronic Pain | Education | Heart | Heart Transplant | Hospitals | Intensive Care | Learning | Lung Transplant | Medical Devices | Nurses | Nursing | Nutrition | Pain | Pediatrics | Perinatology & Neonatology | Skin | Transplant Surgery | Transplants | Universities & Medical Training