The purpose of this review of literature is to understand the current state of the science and to make recommendations for practice and research in regards to the gastrointestinal condition affecting premature infants, necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Emphasis is placed on reviewing the literature to identify prevention strategies nurses can use to reduce the incidence, morbidity and mortality of NEC. The introduction will focus on discussing the problem of NEC including its risk factors, pathophysiology, and disease presentation. The findings sections will focus on the most promising and researched areas of intervention. The discussion section will focus on how this knowledge can be translated into practice and what nurses can do about it. The research will be conducted through nursing databases with conceptual primary sources that will further expand upon the selected studies on this topic.
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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Nursing
Dissertations, Academic -- Nursing; Nursing -- Dissertations, Academic; Nec; Necrotizing enterocolitis; Nicu; Nursing; Preterm
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Casto, Katherine, "Nursing Interventions to Prevent Necrotizing Eterocolitis: A State of the Science Literature Review" (2015). HIM 1990-2015. 616.