Ventilating premature babies is a science that researchers are constantly re-evaluating. Best practices are updated often while we try to find the best way to help this population breathe more easily. The most commonly used strategy right now is early CPAP therapy, but at what cost?
Is your hospital using a developmentally-friendly CPAP interface?
- While some devices inhibit kangaroo care, NeoPAP features a slim interface that encourages comfortable kangaroo care and promotes eye contact. Both of which help a baby's developing brain, cardiorespiratory and temperature stability, reduce infections, and the length of hospital stay (Jefferies, 2012).
- Skin breakdown is a common problem with CPAP therapy in the NICU. NeoPAP’s unique bonnet, cannula/mask, and patented Baby-Trak Leak Compensation Technology™ greatly reduces skin breakdown. Baby-Track also allows the device to adjust flow to ensure that the baby receives a stable, set pressure consistently. Combined with a unique cannula design, skin breakdown and nasal injuries are greatly reduced.
Does a lack of audible alarms keep your clinical staff guessing if therapy is being delivered?
- Most popular forms of CPAP therapy don't have any visual or audible alarms, which leaves clinicians guessing about whether or not therapy is being delivered. NeoPAP features both visual and audible alarms so clinicians and family members can rest assured, knowing that babies are is getting the therapy they need.
Do you provide both CPAP and High Flow Therapy to infants?
- Many NICUs utilize both therapies for specific patient populations. NeoPAP is a great space-saver as it can deliver both CPAP and High Flow Therapy in one device, with no changes to the patient interface, and no disruption to therapy delivery. This also saves bedside space and equipment storage space.
- High Flow Therapy is sometimes questioned because clinicians don’t know how much pressure is actually being generated from the delivered flow. NeoPAP is the only High Flow Therapy device that actually measures pressure at the patient.
If your hospital struggles with any of these common problems in the NICU, schedule a meeting with us to learn why many facilities are switching to NeoPAP.
Jefferies, A. L. (2012). Kangaroo Care for the Preterm Infant and Family. Canadian Paediatric Society, Fetus and Newborn , 141-143.