SNHP | Senior Nursing Poster Session

Title

Understanding the Benefits and Barriers of Kangaroo Care

Presenter Information

Lisa MillerFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Nursing

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Dr. Hobbs

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

This presentation explores the barriers and benefits of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC). KMC is an encompassing term that includes kangaroo positioning, kangaroo feeding, and early discharge. Existing studies have shown that KMC can benefit newborns and mothers. New research has begun to expand upon these benefits to determine the efficacy and safety of providing KMC to low birth weight infants. There is a need to explore the barriers that prevent effective implementation, and address institutional policies to promote the use of KMC consistently and in more facilities. The goal is to encourage policy development utilizing evidence-based practice. The policy investigated in this paper was obtained from a rural hosptial in Western Kentucky in February of 2018. A comparison of this policy with current evidence-based guidelines for KMC was conducted, and recommendations for policy revision are offered.

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Senior Nursing Poster Session

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Understanding the Benefits and Barriers of Kangaroo Care

This presentation explores the barriers and benefits of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC). KMC is an encompassing term that includes kangaroo positioning, kangaroo feeding, and early discharge. Existing studies have shown that KMC can benefit newborns and mothers. New research has begun to expand upon these benefits to determine the efficacy and safety of providing KMC to low birth weight infants. There is a need to explore the barriers that prevent effective implementation, and address institutional policies to promote the use of KMC consistently and in more facilities. The goal is to encourage policy development utilizing evidence-based practice. The policy investigated in this paper was obtained from a rural hosptial in Western Kentucky in February of 2018. A comparison of this policy with current evidence-based guidelines for KMC was conducted, and recommendations for policy revision are offered.