DOI: 10.5176/2315-4330_WNC17.115

Authors: Niang-Huei, Lee, Min-Chun

Abstract:
Background: Apnea of prematurity (AOP), the most common and frequently recurring problem for preterm infants, is a major concern for caregivers in intensive care nurseries. Objectives: Research purposes were to develop an intervention for apnea of prematurity and examine the safety, accuracy and effectiveness of this intervention. Methods: A one-group interrupted time series repeated measuring design was used and automatically gradual providing three different noninvasive stimulations to interrupt AOP. A one-group interrupted time series repeated measuring design was used to the clinical study for collecting research data. Results: A convenience sample of six stable preterm infants was recruited for this preliminary study. Automatic stimulations have successful interrupted these ten apneic events in 6 preterminfants by 100%. In addition, their heart rates and the levels of oxygen saturation remained within safe limits during the periods of research stimulation. Study staff did not notice an observe change in the preterm infants’ arousal state related to receive the automatic stimulations during apneic events.

Keywords: Apnea of prematurity; mother voice; tactile stimulation; vibrotactile stimulation

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