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Cue-based oral feeding clinical pathway results in earlier attainment of full oral feeding in premature infants.
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PMID:  17625573     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To study whether a cue-based clinical pathway for oral feeding initiation and advancement of premature infants would result in earlier achievement of full oral feeding. STUDY DESIGN: Age of achievement of full oral intake was compared for two groups of preterm infants; a prospective study group vs historic cohort controls. Study infants had oral feedings managed by nurses using a clinical pathway that relied on infant behavioral readiness signs to initiate and advance oral feedings. Controls had oral feedings managed by physician orders. RESULT: Fifty-one infants (n=28 study and n=23 control) were studied. Gender distribution, gestational age, birth weight and ventilator days were not different between groups. Study infants reached full oral feedings 6 days earlier than controls (36+/-1 3/7 weeks of postmenstrual age (PMA) vs 36 6/7+/-1 4/7 weeks of PMA, P=0.02). CONCLUSION: The cue-based clinical pathway for oral feeding initiation and advancement of premature infants resulted in earlier achievement of full oral feeding.
A T Kirk; S C Alder; J D King
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-07-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0743-8346     ISO Abbreviation:  J Perinatol     Publication Date:  2007 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-08-28     Completed Date:  2007-11-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8501884     Medline TA:  J Perinatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  572-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Bottle Feeding*
Breast Feeding*
Case-Control Studies
Critical Pathways
Enteral Nutrition / methods
Gestational Age
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*
Time Factors

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