NTrainer System® in use at Lancaster Hospital:
"The NTrainer, helps the tiniest patients learn how to balance breathing, sucking and swallowing at the same time."
Willow Creek Women's Hospital Experience: Adoption of the NTrainer System in the NICU:
The effect of the NTrainer System on length of hospital stay at WCWH appears to be a reduction, on average, of 1 week.
Implementation of the NTrainer into Clinical Practice Targeting Neurodevelopment of Pre-oral Skills and Parental Involvement:
Through observation, repeated experience and data recorded by the NTrainer, the NICU team at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC), as a whole, noted that infants who received early oral motor assessments by the neonatal OT and NTrainer therapy demonstrated a more mature NNS pattern, improved suck strength, and a decreased hypersensitivity to oral motor intervention, overall positively affecting the neurodevelopment of the preterm infant.
NTrainer System® Experience at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital:
For babies born prematurely without the readiness to take liquid by mouth, the first method for developing the sucking ability would normally be to use a pacifier or gloved finger to apply pressure to the tongue and stimulate what is called a non-nutritive suck. The NTrainer is more advanced and strategic. "With patterning, you're teaching an infant how to develop that sucking skill. We're seeing they're able to use that skill in order to accept formula or breast milk."