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Use of the Pala-nate device in the prevention of palatal grooves in premature, intubated infants.
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PMID:  12813286     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies demonstrated that the use of a custom-made intraoral acrylic appliance, known as a palatal stabilizing device, prevents palatal groove formation and reduces the frequency rate of accidental extubations in premature, intubated babies. In this study, we compared the effectiveness of a prefabricated palatal device with an acrylic custom-made palatal stabilizing device. Specifically, we compared the stability, fit, and retention of these two devices. DESIGN: Randomized comparative study. SETTING: Clincal trial. PATIENTS: A total of 70 medically stable, premature, intubated babies. INTERVENTIONS: A total of 70 medically stable, premature, intubated babies randomly received Pala-nate (experimental group, n = 34) or palatal stabilizing device (control group, n = 36). MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Differences among birth weight, gestational age, and period of intubation of the two groups were statistically nonsignificant at p </=.05. Although both appliances were effective in the prevention of palatal grooves, the Pala-nate was less retentive, thus requiring greater monitoring, and it was associated with a larger number of accidental extubations. The differences between the two groups were statistically significant at p </=.05. CONCLUSIONS: We concluded that the custom-made, acrylic, palatal stabilizing device was more stable and more effective in the prevention of spontaneous extubations in premature orally intubated infants.
S Fadavi; I C Punwani; D Vidyasagar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric critical care medicine : a journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies     Volume:  1     ISSN:  -     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Crit Care Med     Publication Date:  2000 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-06-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100954653     Medline TA:  Pediatr Crit Care Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  48-50     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Pediatric Dentistry (Drs. Fadavi and Punwani), College of Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago; and the Department of Neonatology (Dr. Vidyasagar), University of Illinois Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.
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