Case Analysis : Kangaroo Care

1365 WordsMar 30, 20156 Pages
Kangaroo Care In the United Stated and most develop countries birth take place in hospital labor and delivery units. Physicians encourage expectant mothers to do so based on the fact that if an emergency arises during the whole birthing process, either mother or newborn would receive proper rapid medical treatment interventions. Due to these recommendations, many hospitals become saturated with high volume of expectant mothers being admitted for their birthing. If the amount of patients exceeds the capacity a hospital can effectively and safely manage, then waiting times for these patient increases, and resources become scarce, causing the hospital morbidity and mortality rates to increase as the need of these patients cannot be…show more content…
Sanabria had encountered an issue in his hospital with high mortality rate of LBW newborns, shortage of incubators, and shortage of medical personnel. “Dr. Sanabria, in a classic case of reverse engineering, analyzed what standard incubator care provided for LBW/preterm newborns and concluded that mother were ideally suited to provide the warmth and nourishment that even the neediest neonates required” (Rodgers, 2013, p.249). Beneficially, his technique is very simple and free of cost, it consist of placing the newborn uncovered in between the mother’s breast, in which it provides the newborn constant warmth just like an incubator, but in a natural skin to skin contact. Other benefits included early breastfeeding, increase of newborn weight, promotes growth, increase mother-infant bonding. Dr. Sanabria noticed his theory was correct, and saw a decrease in morbidity and mortality among low birth weight and preterm newborns in his hospital, which lead to early hospital discharge. A randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted in Ecuador by Sloan and collaborators who compared Kangaroo care with Convention care. The trial study intended to evaluate 700 infants, 350 per subject group. However, only 603 infants were recruited for the trial, because the research was halted when the data received showed such positive outcomes towards those in the group who received Kangaroo care. The
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