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Positioning Preterm Infants
  Positioning Preterm Infants is a multimedia training CD ROM that includes video, photos, text, and audio.  Evidence supporting positioning preterm infants using developmentally supportive practices is provided through documentation of research findings in relevant literature.  The CD ROM describes the impact of the NICU environment on the preterm infant.  Systems maturation in the preterm infant are reviewed including the neuromotor (brain development, muscle tone, movement patterns, and primitive reflexes) and musculoskeletal systems (muscle tissues, joints, spinal curvature).  Developmental consequences of incorrect positioning in the NICU are described including head shape, neck, upper extremities (scapular adduction) and lower extremities (external hip rotation and hip abduction).  General considerations are presented such as benefits of positioning (prone, supine, sidelying) and positioning for the transition home.

 

 

 
 
Neonatal Developmental Care