Kangaroo Care in the NICU

Skin-to-skin contact between newborn and parent has psychological, physiological, clinical and cost benefitsHA. Kangaroo Care is especially beneficial to low-birth-weight infantsHA and preemies. The Bambi Belt simplifies Kangaroo Care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Kangaroo Care - serving as a human, skin-to-skin incubator - provides mental and physical health benefits to both NICU babies and parents.

Simplifying Kangaroo Care in the NICU

Wireless vital signs monitoring provides more bonding opportunities
for a parent and a baby.

The wireless monitoring of neonatal vital signs makes skin-to-skin contact with parents and frequent breastfeeding easierNY and indirectly contributes to an earlier discharge from the hospitalCOMO.

Kangaroo Care significantly impacts the growth of preemies and low-birth-weight babies, and reduces sickness and mortality in the NICUCO. By removing the wires needed to monitor the vital signs of NICU babies, the Bambi Belt simplifies Kangaroo Care in the NICU. Through Kangaroo Care in the NICU, babies heal and grow fasterCONY and bond better with their parentsNY. It reduces stress and the risk of postpartum depression in parentsFLNY. It also reduces total workload for NICU staff, as parents need less attention and babies need to stay shorter in the NICUCOMO. Wireless vital signs monitoring is better for NICU staff, because babies are easier to pick up from their incubator.

Furthermore, the reduction of wires also means that the nursing staff can start to train the parents to handle the baby much earlier. Working towards the point that parents deliver most of the care on the NICU is called Family Integrated Care (FICare). Through FICare, parents bond better with their childFL and become more confident caregiversPACH. It also reduces total workload for NICU staff through task delegation and earlier hospital dischargeCOMO.

The Bambi Belt

By eliminating monitoring wires, the Bambi Belt simplifies Kangaroo Care and helps promote FICare. The Bambi Belt monitors the heart rate and detects apneas of babies with a belt around the chest of the baby. The white Bambi Bridge sends the data to the Bambi Interface, which is connected to the patient monitor.

Reducing the number of wires enables more Kangaroo Care and facilitates FICare which will help the baby bond better with the parents. Changing the belt does not cause any pain or stress for the baby as the belt does not have glue that can stick to the skin. This will support NICU babies in their development. As such the NICU environment will be much more relaxed for parents, staff and the babies, improving the quality of babies’ lives.

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