Nursing Care of the Ventilated Infant
- Kimberly LaMar ND, NPD-BC
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As nurses spend 24 h per day with the newborn in an intensive care nursery, nursing care is essential to the eventual recovery and discharge of these fragile patients.
History taking assists in focusing on an area while keeping the mind open to other possibilities. It is also important to know environmental and community/epidemiological impacts (e.g., onset of Respiratory Syncytial Virus season).
Maternal, including past and existing medical conditions
Normal physiology, pathophysiology, and embryology are key to understanding the concepts of respiratory disease in the neonate.
Sleeping, awake, alert, crying or motions of crying, if ventilated
Must be an objective assessment as patient cannot give subjective feedback
A number of pain scales and stress scales are available for use with neonates including preterm and ventilated babies
Generalized color as well as central color deter
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- Nursing Care of the Ventilated Infant
- Book Title
- Manual of Neonatal Respiratory Care
- pp 693-703
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- Springer US
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- Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
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- ID1. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics
- ID2. University of Durham, Consultant in Ped and Neonatal Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics
- Author Affiliations
- 1. Chamberlain College of Nursing, Phoenix Campus, 2149 W Dunlap Ave, Phoenix, AZ, 85021, USA
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