Use of the NTrainer System at a Midwestern 30 Bed NICU achieves 9.5 Day LOS Reduction
To evaluate the effectiveness of the NTrainer System, and determine if it can improve outcomes for NICU patients over 12 months of usage.
When compared to patients of similar gestation that did not receive NTrainer therapy, NTrainer patients had an average decreased time to full oral feeds by 9.9 days and shorter length of stay by 9.5 days. Also, it was found that when the NTrainer assessment supported the decision to start oral feedings, the patients had an average 10.5-day shorter time to full oral feeds.
Frequency-modulated orocutaneous stimulation promotes non-nutritive suck development in preterm infants with respiratory distress syndrome or chronic lung disease
For the premature infant, extrauterine life is a pathological condition, which greatly amplifies the challenges to the brain in establishing functional oromotor behaviors. The extent to which suck can be entrained using a synthetically patterned orocutaneous input to promote its development in preterm infants who manifest chronic lung disease (CLD) is unknown. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of a frequency-modulated (FM) orocutaneous pulse train delivered through a pneumatically charged pacifier capable of enhancing non-nutritive suck (NNS) activity in tube-fed premature infants.
FM PULSED orocutaneous pulse train stimuli delivered through a silicone pacifier are effective in facilitating NNS burst development in tube-fed RDS and CLD preterm infants, with an added benefit of reduced LOS for CLD infants.