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Holding during therapeutic hypothermia


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Hmmm, not in my unit (UK). Will be very interested to see what other units do.... but we also don't get babies out for cuddles with umbilical lines in either, and most of our babies having therapeutic hypothermia would have umbilical lines in too. 

Looking forward to seeing others responses....

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Hi Everyone,

Given the infants remain servo controlled in either jacket or mattress and central lines can be visualised (provided no coagulopathy) it seems extremely harsh to ask a parent to not be able to hold their child for almost four days (if you include rewarm period). A study into aEEG response to cuddles might reveal some interesting results??

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30721531/

 

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We looked for evidence regarding safety and temperature stability and found one study of 10 infants (no intubated infants) held for 30 minutes on 2nd or 3rd day. There were no adverse events (stable VS, temp, no displacement of umbilical lines or EEG wires) and positive feelings of bonding and connection from moms and nurses  

Craig A, Deerwester K, Fox L, Jacobs J, Evans S. Maternal holding during therapeutic hypothermia for infants with neonatal encephalopathy is feasible. Acta Paediatr. 2019 Sep;108(9):1597-1602. doi: 10.1111/apa.14743. Epub 2019 Mar 5. PMID: 30721531; PMCID: PMC6682469.

We are looking for expert opinions from various centers and plan to do a QI study

 

We looked for evidence regarding safety and temperature stability and found one study of 10 infants (no intubated infants) held for 30 minutes on 2nd or 3rd day. There were no adverse events (stable VS, temp, no displacement of umbilical lines or EEG wires) and positive feelings of bonding and connection from moms and nurses  

Craig A, Deerwester K, Fox L, Jacobs J, Evans S. Maternal holding during therapeutic hypothermia for infants with neonatal encephalopathy is feasible. Acta Paediatr. 2019 Sep;108(9):1597-1602. doi: 10.1111/apa.14743. Epub 2019 Mar 5. PMID: 30721531; PMCID: PMC6682469.

We are looking for expert opinions from various centers and plan to do a QI study

 

Kathrynlm what are your criteria?

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