A Brief Note On Skin And Skin Contact

1150 WordsApr 17, 20165 Pages
Skin-to-Skin Contact: Final Newborns are born with physiological challenges. They have physical immaturity that is not able to function like an adult or child can. When newborns exit their mother’s womb, the newborn is welcomed into this new environment. The new environment can be unsafe, frightening, and cold for them. The transition from fetal to newborn life can be full of instability. Skin-to Skin Contact (SSC) is placing the newborn on their mother’s bare chest covered with a blanket. SSC warms a cool newborn naturally and maintains optimal temperature. The use of thermometer measures the newborn’s temperature taken at the axillary site. Implementing SSC is cost-efficient and offers many benefits. In order for SSC to be successful, interdisciplinary team cooperation is required. All healthcare staffs must be properly educated and trained of SSC and its benefits. Barriers and ethical considerations are addressed, as they are necessary to implement SSC. The information is distributed internally and externally to convey messages to all stakeholders. For SSC to remain successful and become part of their after-birth routine, continuous quality improvement and evaluation must be completed. Problem Identification Background The usual care separates mother and baby for a period of time to accommodate newborns screenings and tests. The newborns can go through physiological distress to maintain homeostasis such as low body temperature, thus the new environment can
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