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Oxygenation, heart rate and temperature in very low birthweight infants during skin-to-skin contact with their mothers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2929342     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Fourteen very low birthweight infants were studied positioned either prone horizontal or skin-to-skin at 60 degree tilt between the mother's breasts. Heart rate, skin temperature and oxygenation by transcutaneous PO2 and pulse oximetry were measured. Nine of the infants had normal lungs when studied. These infants showed no change in tcPO2 or oxygen saturation but heart rate increased significantly by a mean of 6.5 beats per min during skin-to-skin contact. Five infants with chronic lung disease, including two on nasal catheter oxygen, showed a significant 1.0 kPa rise in tcPO2 during skin-to-skin contact. Back skin temperature was well maintained during skin-to-skin contact with the room temperature at 26 to 29 degrees C. None of the infants had a significant apnoea or bradycardia during the study. Stable very low birthweight infants can enjoy such close contact with their mothers and the tilted position may improve pulmonary function in some cases.
Authors:
D Acolet; K Sleath; A Whitelaw
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica Scandinavica     Volume:  78     ISSN:  0001-656X     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr Scand     Publication Date:  1989 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-04-28     Completed Date:  1989-04-28     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0000211     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr Scand     Country:  SWEDEN    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  189-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Paediatrics and Neonatal Medicine, Royal Post-graduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, London, England.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Blood Gas Monitoring, Transcutaneous
Female
Heart Rate*
Humans
Infant
Infant, Low Birth Weight / metabolism,  physiology*
Infant, Newborn
Mother-Child Relations
Oximetry
Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Newborn / physiopathology,  therapy
Skin Temperature*

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