Evidence based practice for newborn care - page 2

Hi! I am looking for some information. A friend of mine is doing some research to help change the way they do things at their hospital's newborn nursery. She needs information on first baths... Read More

  1. by   labordude
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  2. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Quote from nicuguy
    Alcohol on cords is no longer recommended, nor is it superior in any way to natural drying. It actually prolongs the drying time in a statistically significant manner. My facility actually has a check box on our assessment form for cord care that some nurses do check off, I can only assume they are swabbing it with alcohol. Some old habits die hard.

    Dore, S., Buchan, D., Coulas, S., Hamber, L., Stewart, M., Cowan, D., & Jamieson, L. (1998). Alcohol Versus Natural Drying for Newborn Cord Care. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 27(6), 621–627. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1552-6909.1998.tb02631.x

    Also, here's an evidence-based review from the University of San Francisco's DNP program - http://repository.usfca.edu/cgi/view...06&context=dnp
    We only still mention alcohol fir cord care because of one our peds. I teach both because its policy to talk about alcohol; but I mention research in favor of natural drying and sterile water when discussing cord a care with my patents. Thanks for your links.