Application of plastic wrap to improve temperatures in infants born less than 30 weeks gestation: a randomized controlled trial

Smith, Jacqueline, Usher, Kim, Alcock, Gary, and Buettner, Petra (2013) Application of plastic wrap to improve temperatures in infants born less than 30 weeks gestation: a randomized controlled trial. Neonatal Network, 32 (4). pp. 235-245.

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Abstract

Purpose: The primary aim of the study was to evaluate whether the application of a plastic wrap immediately after birth is more effective than the standard care of temperature management for improving admission temperatures to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in infants <30 weeks gestation.

Design: A randomized controlled trial was conducted. Infants in the intervention group were transferred to a prewarmed radiant heater immediately after birth and encased in NeoWrap from the neck down without being dried. The infant's head was dried with a prewarmed towel and a hat added. The control group received usual care for the unit; the infant was transferred to the prewarmed radiant warmer and dried, and warm towels and a hat are then applied.

Sample: A total of 92 infants were analyzed: 49 in the control group and 43 in the intervention group; 48 (52.2 percent) were <27 weeks gestation, and 44 (47.8 percent) were <30 weeks gestation. The infants' temperatures were assessed for two hours following admission.

Item ID: 33364
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1539-2880
Date Deposited: 28 May 2014 04:38
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111403 Paediatrics @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111006 Midwifery @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences @ 50%
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