Leading news of Innara Health, the NTrainer System, and neonatal healthcare
Non-Nutritive Sucking in the Preterm Infant
August 6, 2018
“Objective measurements that allow us to further understand NNS, such as those obtained from the NTrainer System, are an important advancement in neonatal assessment”.
Premature babies are born too young to know how to eat: This tool teaches them how
"Paxtyn Cox came into this world at 28 weeks, weighing less than two pounds and tiny enough to fit into her father’s hand.
While still in the hospital, she had an arsenal of tools that helped her get strong enough to leave and go to her home in Reinholds. There was a ventilator, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, oxygen and a feeding tube. When the time was right, her mother, Brea Cox, used a new tool to teach her essential skills: sucking and eating.
Now 5 months old, baby Paxtyn is smiling, cooing and sitting up on her own. She’s grown big enough to fit into a car seat and parents Brea and Cory Cox are expecting her to soon be removed from a heart monitor.
This new tool, called a NTrainer, helps the tiniest patients learn how to balance breathing, sucking and swallowing at the same time."
Innara Health Receives Innovative Technology Contract from Vizient, Inc. for NTrainer System®
October 10, 2017
Innara Health announced its NTrainer System® has received an Innovative Technology contract from Vizient, Inc. the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country. The contract was based on a recommendation of NTrainer System® by hospital members with expertise in this category who serve on one of Vizient’s member-led councils.
Innara Health Announces Co-Marketing Agreement with GE Healthcare to Advance Oral Feeding and Neurodevelopment of Premature Infants
March 21, 2017
Innara Health and GE Healthcare have entered into a co-marketing agreement dedicated to our combined focus on the neurodevelopmental needs of premature infants. As the healthcare industry continues to seek opportunities to improve patient outcomes, clinical efficiency and financial improvements, we are excited to work with GE Healthcare and offer solutions designed to support the challenges of caring for the most fragile patients.
Study: NTrainer reduces time to full oral feeding for preterm infants, NICU length of stay
May 2, 2016
A multi-center randomized control trial has shown that premature infants who were on feeding tubes and who received treatment with Innara Health’s NTrainer System® demonstrated improved transition to independent oral feeding and a reduction in length of stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Innara Health’s NTrainer System is an FDA-cleared medical device that assesses and develops non-nutritive suck (NNS) in infants and newborns born prematurely.
“The study demonstrates the clear benefit of interventional feeding therapy for premature and newborn infant patient populations,” said Dr. Dongli Song, the chief principal investigator of the study. “The NTrainer helped the infants who received treatment safely go home with their families sooner.”
United Kingdom Technology Alert - NTrainer® for developing non-nutritive sucking in premature and newborn infants
Currently there is a lack of tools to determine a premature infant’s readiness to start oral feeding. The NTrainer® is the first system designed to both help develop non-nutritive sucking and to measure progress. According to the company, the technology has the potential to help reduce the reliance on nasogastric tube feeding and lead to a faster transition to breast or bottle feeding. This in turn could lead to shorter stays in neonatal intensive care units and hospital wards, as hospitals are unlikely to discharge infants until successful feeding is established. This may reduce costs associated with hospital stay (in the United Kindom National Institute of Health).
NTrainer for Premature Infants at Ohio State University Wexner Hospital
The NTrainer is used by an Occupational and/or a Physical Therapist. The sessions can take place during a tube (gavage) feeding or before a bottle or breast feeding. The trainer has 2 settings to check your baby’s progress. While the baby uses the pacifier, a computer reads out his or her skill level.