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Transitioning Premature Infants Supine: State of the Science.
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PMID:  23060326     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
ABSTRACT: Safe infant sleep has been the focus of two decades of research. Improving supine sleep position in infants has coincided with a reduction in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Premature infants spend time prone while hospitalized to promote appropriate growth and development; however, after hospitalization, infants should be positioned supine to reduce the risk of SIDS. Research has not been conducted on the optimal timing of transitioning the premature infant supine prior to hospital discharge. Infants transitioned too early are at risk for developmental delays, and infants not transitioned prior to discharge are at risk for being positioned in a nonsupine position, thereby increasing the risk of SIDS. Parents can observe appropriate role modeling of their infant while hospitalized and potentially improve the rate of supine sleep after discharge to reduce the risk of SIDS. This review explores the current literature on transitioning the premature infant to the supine position prior to hospital discharge to improve evidence-based practice and potentially further reducing the SIDS rate.
Sherri L McMullen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  MCN. The American journal of maternal child nursing     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1539-0683     ISO Abbreviation:  MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7605941     Medline TA:  MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Sherri L. McMullen is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at St. Joseph's Hospital, Syracuse, NY. She can be reached via e-mail at
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