Worldwide, about 15 million infants are born prematurely each year. Technological advances, including invasive mechanical ventilation, play a major role in the survival of extremely preterm babies. Those who survive may have prolonged morbid conditions that result in long-term sequelae. Nurses face several challenges during the hospitalization of these infants. Vigilant care, monitoring, and careful handling of the infants can prevent infections and long-term complications. Newer, less invasive technologies are promising for improved outcomes in extremely preterm infants.
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Neonatal Care| August 01 2015
Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation: Challenges to Nurses and Outcome in Extremely Preterm Babies
Rachel A. Joseph, PhD, CCRN
Rachel A. Joseph is an assistant professor, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, Pennsylvania, and a clinical nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit, Christiana Care Health Systems, Newark, Delaware.
Corresponding author: Rachel A. Joseph, PhD, ccrn, 37 Bernard Blvd, Hockessin, DE 19707 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Crit Care Nurse (2015) 35 (4): 58–66.
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Rachel A. Joseph; Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation: Challenges to Nurses and Outcome in Extremely Preterm Babies. Crit Care Nurse 1 August 2015; 35 (4): 58–66. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2015396
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