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Kangaroo care in the NICU, part 1: Understanding the impact of kangaroo care on neonatal vital signs

Part 1 of a two-part article. Presents clinical scenarios on the effects of kangaroo care on neonatal heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, oxygenation, temperature and pain. The scenarios review the evidence-base, the physiologic mechanisms to assess the clinical application of KC, the biobehavioral mechanisms of kangaroo care that support practice decisions, and directions for applying the knowledge gained from the clinical scenarios. Also included are the historical background of KC and eight actions to be taken to enhance kangaroo care’s use in the clinical setting.

Neither the author nor any member of the planning committee for this activity has any financial, professional or personal relationships that could potentially bias the content.

Free to read; $15 test fee
3.1 contact hours are available for this activity through November 30, 2016. Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credit may be extended past this date following content review and/or update.

Keywords: kangaroo care, skin-to-skin, NICU, family support, NICU nurse, Bogata Declaration

Please direct any questions you may have to Mary Lavan, Associate Director, Nursing Education & Health Promotion, at mlavan@marchofdimes.com.

Requirements for successful completion of a CNE activity:

  1. Complete the entire activity.
  2. Pass the CNE test with a score of 70 percent or higher.
  3. Complete the evaluation form.

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