Every year, an estimated 15 million babies worldwide — or more than 1 in 10 — are born preterm.¹And every 30 seconds a baby dies of preterm birth.² In fact, preterm birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under 5 years of age, responsible for nearly 1 million deaths in 2013.¹It is because of these startling statistics that Philips works to raise awareness on the importance of Developmental Care. Premature infants have special needs, and carefully addressing those needs is key to their survival. They may need help breathing or maintaining body heat. Feeding can be challenging, and jaundice, low blood sugar, and anemia are all possible. They may also have difficulty dealing with stimuli, so the NICU environment is particularly important.
In addition to meeting the physical needs of infants in the NICU, it is also critical to meet their physiological and developmental needs. Our Integrative Developmental Care Model combines evidence-based best practices with core measures, and is one tool you can use to guide efforts to facilitate the physiological and developmental needs of each newborn.
This personalised approach includes educational programs for both mother and family. It also serves as a foundation for our Global Wee Care quality improvement program - a holistic methodology for managing stress and minimising risk, which aims to provide a calming and soothing atmosphere that involves the whole family.
Take a look at how our wide range of positioning products provides flexible yet stable support to increase baby’s comfort level and physiological stability for preterm and ill babies.
View how Philips infant soothing products help soothe and calm newborns and babies in the NICU. Our infant soothing products are suited for all babies, from very low birth weight babies to babies with teeth.
The transformation to family-centered care at Maxima
Máxima Medical Center operationalized their family-centered care vision in a specially designed environment promoting privacy across the obstetrics and neonatal intensive care unit.
Implementing Developmental Care How does the NICU environment influence patients and parents? Hear current perspectives on implementing Developmental Care from Thomas Kühn, Neonatologist/Consultant at the Vivantes Perinatal Center in Berlin and CEO of Neotrainer.
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital enhances its NICU environment and caregiving practices Learn from Dr. Raylene Phillips of Loma Linda how they created a new NICU environment (physical, people, and processes) through nurse training and organisational transformation to improve delivery of care and patient satisfaction.
Jaundice affects approximately 80% of preterm newborns, and 60% of all newborns.3
The high percentage of newborns who develop jaundice combined with the move towards shorter stays in the maternity ward requires increasingly innovative ways to diagnose and manage this common condition to avoid readmission.
1.http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs363/en/ 2. Requejo JH, Merialdi M. The global impact of preterm birth. In: Berghella V, ed. Preterm birth: prevention and management. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell; 2010:1-7 3. LUKE A. JARDINE AND PAUL WOODGATE. Clinical Evidence Handbook: Neonatal Jaundice. Am Fam Physician. 2012 Apr 15;85(8):824-825 4. Odom EC, et al. Pediatrics 2013;131:e726 5. World Health Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund. Global strategy for infant and young child feeding. http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/global_strategy/en/. Published 2002. Accessed March 5, 2013
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