No other factor is as important in newborn survival as its temperature control. A thorough understanding of thermoregulation is necessary to provide an optimal environment for the neonate to thrive. Hypothermia is an independent risk factor for morbidity and mortality and vital for bedside care-providers to understand and manage.
Neuro-protective supports have entered the NICU environment and with these changes come modifications to our processes and practices. The goal of this presentation is to dispel myths and offer the bedside provider with recommendations for creating a neutral thermal and developmentally supportive environment.
Liz Drake, RN-NIC, MN, NNP, CNS