Number and Frequency of Routinely Applied Painful Procedures in University Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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Clin Nurs Res, 2017, pp. 1054773817744324 - ?
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Neonates at the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are at high risk for procedural pain exposure. This study describes the type and frequency of procedures in neonates admitted to University Intensive Care Unit. This was a prospective cohort study of 150 neonates admitted to the NICU during the first 7 days of life at a governmental hospital. The type and frequency of procedures were evaluated using a tool which included the type and number of procedures performed per shift. A total of 14,008 painful procedures were performed on neonates with an average of 97.11 painful procedures per baby and 13.9/day for each baby. Adhesive removal (21.3%) was the most frequently performed procedure. The number of painful procedures was inversely correlated with gestation age ( p < .001) and birth weight ( p < .001). The number of painful procedures performed on neonates is high, particularly for neonates with small gestational age and low birth weight babies.
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