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Systematic review of tube-fed preterm infants in the home supported within a family-centered program

  There is a growing need and demand to redesign neonatal services to place a focus on family-centered care provided locally. Early discharge training programs that prepare parents to tube-feed and care for their preterm infant at home may offer a viable option, but these are understudied. A narrative review of relevant literature was undertaken. The key findings highlighted that within the discharge programs there was no increase in readmission rates caused through home tube-feeding, infant weight gain was adequate and parental satisfaction was reported as high when 24-hour access to staff was available. Further, an increased duration of breastfeeding was associated with a reduced risk of readmission. The review highlights the potential of this service as an alternative to in-patient care for infants requiring short-term tube-feeding during their transition to full oral-feeding.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    30 June 2018

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • DOI:

    10.1016/j.jnn.2018.06.006

  • Cross Ref:

    S1355184118300899

  • ISSN:

    1355-1841

  • Library of Congress:

    RG Gynecology and obstetrics

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    618 Gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics & geriatrics

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded

Citation

Menczykowski, L., MacVicar, S., Moylan, A., & Hollins Martin, C. J. (2018). Systematic review of tube-fed preterm infants in the home supported within a family-centered program. Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 24(6), 297-305. doi:10.1016/j.jnn.2018.06.006

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Keywords

early discharge; family-centered care; home care; literature review; low birth weight; neonatal; premature; tube-feeding Corresponding Author Sonya MacVicar

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