The effects of touch on the neonate in intensive care
In the past, policies and procedures in neonatal intensive care units have discouraged touching neonates except for necessary, often invasive, nursing and medical procedures, citing the disruption of sleep cycles as detrimental to the growth and maturation of the infant. Medical and nursing professionals are currently questioning this prevailing attitude and its effect on the neonate in intensive care. The purpose of this paper is to identify, categorize and synthesize the positive and negative findings related to research on the effects of touch on the neonate. The two questions which guided this study were: What major methods of touch have been identified which nurses can use to provide less stressful, more developmentally supportive care to the neonate in intensive care? What are the advantages and disadvantages of these methods in the care of the neonate? The methodology used was a review of research and related literature published during the last five years and summary of the results. Effects on selected outcome measures were discussed as well as the four major types of touch interventions currently in use. Implications for nursing practice, education and research were identified.
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Smith, Frances B.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences;Neonatal intensive care;Newborn infants -- Care
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Iliff, Delores M., "The effects of touch on the neonate in intensive care" (2000). HIM 1990-2015. 186.