Engaging and supporting families in the Neonatal intensive care unit with telehealth platforms

Jaskiran Ranu, Hadley Sauers-Ford, Kristin Hoffman

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Abstract

The utilization of telehealth in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has the potential to better support families during their infant's time in the hospital. Due to the stressful nature of a NICU admission, parents are at increased risk for anxiety. The expanding use of web camera and videoconferencing technologies will allow families to bond and connect with their infant through remote baby viewing. These technologies are also in place during their hospitalization and allow families the opportunity to connect directly with their care team to build trusting relationships and work on a mutual care plan. Telehealth platforms can continue to aid families post discharge to ensure that transition of care to their child's primary care provider is seamless. With telehealth programs taking root in multiple, longitudinal aspects of NICU care, the hope is to promote the foundations of patient and family-centered care and provide our families with the support they deserve.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number151426
JournalSeminars in Perinatology
Volume45
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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