Introduction And Identification Of Policy

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Introduction and Identification of Policy Care of the newborn is one of the most important policies in hospitals today. The policy chosen was on the postpartum care of the newborn because it’s the true point at which new life is brought into the world and that it’s also when a newborn is handled for the first time by the healthcare community which is an important policy to know as aspiring nurses. In a basic sense, this part of the policy deals with the overall potential status or change in body temperature of the newborn directly after birth. The current policy, as stated in the Women’s Services Guideline, is to “Promote thermoregulation of the stable infant with skin-to-skin contact if possible”. This policy specifies that the best way…show more content…
The clinical setting of the policy is specifically focusing on the perinatal unit of the hospital, which includes labor and delivery, postpartum, and nursery. Prior to delivery, the mother is educated on the importance of SSC after birth. An example of the ideal patients would be a mother in postpartum with her stable newborn which is delivered vaginally. Summary of Articles Hypothermia in the newborn: An exploration of its cause, effect, and prevention Thermoregulation is the process of maintaining the core body temperature by balancing out heat loss and heat production. Newborns are more likely to have an ineffective thermoregulation. They experience a heat loss as they are exposed to the atmospheric temperature that is lower than the intrauterine temperature. Newborns can develop hypothermia if their thermoregulation is not managed, which could lead to neonatal death from conditions such as abnormal development and severe sepsis. SSC, or Kangaroo care, is a more natural method of warming for the mother and her newborn where the mother caresses her infant in an upright position, in between her breasts; it has been observed to promote active warming. An experimental trial randomly selected 34 mothers and their infants and separated into a SSC group and a routine care group. The infants ' temperatures were checked every half hour for two hours after birth. The mothers ' temperatures were measured before and after labor
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