Thank you all for your answers! In our unit this is a nursing decision as well. I feel like we use manipulation a lot and wonder about the implications on short and long term. What temperature method do you use as standard of care?
Hi all, I'm very interested in the role rectal manipulations like rectal thermometry and the use of rectal tubes play in the development of constipation and NEC in the preterm infant. Would you like to share your protocols/guidelines/experiences with me? Do you use rectal thermometers in daily care? Do you use rectal tubes in daily care for air/stool relieve in (extreme) preterm infants? Do you experience constipation in the preterms? Thank you for sharing!