Late Preterm Infant
A Research Based Practice (RBP) project for the AWHONN Late Preterm Infant Initiative (LPTI) is presently underway. This initiative, launched in 2005, is a multi-year education and awareness project focused on issues related to Nursing care of the late preterm infant.
Late preterm infants are defined as born between 34 and 36 completed weeks of gestation. While many appear healthy at birth, these infants are at considerable risk for prematurity-related complications and morbidity. They also face an increased risk of re-hospitalization in the first month of life. The RBP project is one component of the AWHONN Late Preterm Infant Initiative.
During this project, AWHONN developed an evidence-based practice guideline (EBG) on late preterm infant care. The focus is multi-dimensional including evaluation of nurses' knowledge, change in practice with implementation of the guideline; and collection of data about late preterm infants and their mothers to better understand the issues associated with late preterm birth.
To complete the LPTI RBP project, a sample of 15 geographic and demographic diverse volunteer health care sites were selected from within the AWHONN membership. These facilities implemented the LPTI EBG, collected and provided data on specific newborn nursing practice outcomes throughout 2009 and 2010.
Currently, data analysis is complete. Project results are forthcoming by the LPI RBP Science Team who developed the EBG. A series of outcome articles will be published in 2012.
The Late Preterm Infant Research Based Project was supported through an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute, LLC.
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