Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, NTMTC
Shannon Usher, OTR/L, MOT, NTMTC
Evidenced based caregiving is the foundation for ensuring safe, nurturing and developmentally appropriate practices in the NICU. Therefore, Neonatal Caregivers are challenged to stay abreast with the latest literature in this highly specialized field, despite accessibility and time constraints. This presentation will focus on neurodevelopmental research and literature released within the last 4 years, providing a synopsis of individual studies, as well as their clinical application. Topics will focus on the environment of care such as positioning, feeding, skin to skin, swaddled bathing and the infant-parent relationship. This advanced level information will give neonatal caregivers the insight needed to make immediate practice changes reinforced by the most current literature. It will also support them in speaking confidently and succinctly with staff about their practice changes, caregiving recommendations and proposed unit-wide changes.