I will be doing education on SIDS to both parents and nurses of NICU patients...in our unit we tend to swaddle babies 'till almost the very end. Back to sleep is taught once by our OT prior to discharge. I did a little bit of article digging on this and found that there's been a lot of research on this... It seems that many hospitals across the nation have a similar issue. Nurses are aware that babies are supposed to be in "Back to Sleep" at least a week prior to discharge but that doesn't happen in practice. Also parents whose babies have been in NICUs for extended periods of time and have slept prone for most of they stay tend to place their babies prone at home too.
I was curious to find out how and when is Back to Sleep introduced to parents in your units? Also is there any product that your unit uses to promote Back to Sleep, such as HALO SleepSacks? If you do use the product, please describe when do you put the baby in it and how is it laundered... Do you tend to lose it in laundry much, are nurses satisfied with it, etc?
@NicuGal: How long have you been doing HOB flat at 33-34 weeks in your unit? Do you find that the babies spit up more with HOB flat at that age, since lots of them still need gavage... Most of the nurses where I work keep babies with HOB up until the feeding tube is out. I'm now realizing that this too may be tied into the issue of demoing safe sleep...
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