Innara Health is dedicated to feeding technology products and applications. We are working to advance the global understanding and improvement of neonatal feeding, in working towards this goal we have developed the FDA cleared NTrainer System®. The NTrainer is an innovative breakthrough in the advancement of oral feeding as it fosters skills essential to the development of healthy non-nutritive sucking (NNS) in premature and newborn infants. We continue to work towards creating cutting edge products that improve standards of care, optimize patient outcomes, and increase healthcare benefits.
In the United States 40% of preemies struggle with feeding development, and 55% of preterm infants have problematic feeding behaviors by 6-18 months. A failure to transition to oral feeding can lead to poor NICU outcomes and longer LOS. This is why we have developed the NTrainer, to help NICU staff and patients overcome the common struggles of feeding development.
The NTrainer assessments lay a foundation for a common language for the NICU staff and parents alike, which helps improve communication, engagement, and satisfaction.
The NTrainer therapy has been proven to reduce time to full oral feed (FOF) and length of stay (LOS) in the NICU1, which helps boost staff efficiency, and parent satisfaction.
How it Works
NTrainer assessments provide objective patient progress with actionable data, at ZERO cost. The assessments lay a foundation for a common language understood by neonatologists, therapists, and parents. This data can improve communication, engagement, and satisfaction. The NTrainer assesments:
- Measure NNS skills by recording full oral motor function.
- Set a baseline for NNS skill and provides objective data/patient progress at the bedside.
- Help improve communication with nurses, NNPs, physicians, and parents.
NTrainer therapy provides the infant with neuromuscular intervention that impacts neurological pathways for oral muscular activity, which builds and strengthens NNS. The therapy is used at the bedside to support developmental care, and it compliments any feeding protocol. The NTrainer therapy:
- Provides neuromuscular intervention via gentle pulses and contractions of the pacifier.
- Encourages sucking in a paced and organized manner, improving NNS skills.
- Reduces time to full oral feeds (FOF) by 4 days, and length of stay (LOS) by 6 days.1
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1Song D, Jegatheesan P, Nafday S, Ahmad KA, Nedrelow J, Wearden M, et al. (2019) Patterned frequency-modulated oral stimulation in preterm infants: A multicenter randomized controlled trial. PLoS ONE 14(2): e0212675. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0212675