I keep seeing references in threads to Isolette covers, like they're a specific thing. We use... blankets. Often it's the same hospital-issue blankets we use to swaddle, make beds/rolls, etc. You know, the white ones with teal and pink stripes. Once in a while the volunteer group will send up a big load of crocheted blankets and we throw one of those on, or a parent will bring something in. Do y'all have some special thing you use? I could sort of picture a shaped, maybe quilted kind of thing.
I'd be shocked, SHOCKED to discover that this is some EBP developmental care thing that the entire rest of the universe has caught onto and that my unit stubbornly refuses to acknowledge. [/sarcasm]
Aug 27, '08
We have rather nice quilted thick ones that reduce the sound and lighThey have flaps to enable easy viewing.
I suggest you gather as much research as possible - summarize it all and present it at your next meeting - the only way forward is to sometimes push your way.
Last edit by Olivereindeer on Aug 27, '08
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We use something like this:
These look like older ones to me. While we have some of these older ones, we also have heavier quilted ones with snaps/poppers for the corners that fit quite snugly - I couldn't find an image of one of those though. I think ones like these older ones are made by some of the volunteers that make our blankets, socks and cardigans - they may even make the heavier quilted ones. Not sure if we order them. I'll try to remember when I'm back at work in a couple of weeks.
Our heated cots also have covers made for them:
Last edit by MandaAnda on Aug 27, '08
Elizabells, Iso covers are a big part of developmental care, esp if one is working in a an open room NICU where if you tunr on lights for one, you turn on the lights for many!! I traveled last year and saw them used everywhere I worked. The companies who make the isolettes do sell their covers, but they tend to be white or white with print and made of fabrics that can go through the hospital laundry. Of course, over time they get yukky looking and need to be replaced. Some units separate out baby clothes and developmental linen and have a washer and dryer and do these items in the NICU to avoid putting these things in the hosp laundry where they get faded and ruined. My unit does this and over the years we have collected an amazing stash of beautiful donated preemie clothes, bedding, etc. I sew and have made 40 iso covers and at least that many bassinet and big kid crib covers. I sew them out of two pieces of fleece, a disnet print on one side and a matching solid colr fleece on the other. If you do your own laundry, this is the way to go as the fleece is as soft and the prin ts as bright as the day I made them . . . over two years ago. (You have to know which fleece to get AND buy it when it's half price so this is affordable!!) I have made covers to fit all types of isolettes, including the giraffe. Parents and staff love them and it makes the unit appear homier. You can see some of mine featured at www.preemie.com
. Expand the page so you can see the heading for Isolette covers. I am debating having my own web page and selling them myself, because the cost would be much cheaper without her markup. Material on sale makes cost $35/a cover. I would sell them for $60. They are no brainers to sew, it is just time consuming to prepare the fleece, cut it, pin and stitch. The parents delight, thoug, and the benefit in decreasing sound and light to baby make them worth the effort. Any other questions, let me know.
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