Bold Voices - May 2014 - (Page 23)

AT THE BEDSIDE Preemies who cry more often than the norm may be unable to control their behavior later in life. P remature infants who cry excessively may be more likely to have behavioral problems at preschool age, according to a study in Pediatrics. In "Preterm Infant's Early Crying Associated With Child's Behavioral Problems and Parents' Stress," researchers at Turku University Hospital, Finland, found that early excessive crying, especially if it lasts up to 5 months of corrected age, may signal behavioral problems later, as well as an increased chance of parents' stress. The study group included 202 low-birth-weight infants born at the hospital from January 2001 through December 2006. A Baby Day Diary was used to assess the preterm infants' crying behavior at term, 6 weeks and 5 months of corrected age. The findings suggest that 5-month-olds who cry more often than the norm - on average, a little more than an hour per day - may have higher odds of behavioral problems later in life, and they may have underlying regulatory difficulties. As they grow they may still find it difficult to control their behavior when they're distressed. The study notes that parents may be especially vulnerable to stress from crying preemies, because they are already concerned about their children's physical health. A related article in HealthDay explains there's no universal definition for how much crying and fussing is too much in babies. If parents are worried that their baby is crying too much, the article suggests they talk to their pediatrician. Hand Amputees Can Feel Objects With New Prostheses S timulating the median and ulnar nerve fascicles through artificial sensors from a hand prosthesis can provide real-time decoding or "feel" for hand amputees, notes an article in Science Amputee Dennis Translational Medicine. Aabo Sørensen "Restoring Natural wearing sensory Tasks can be performed by Sensory Feedback feedback-enabled in Real-Time feel instead of by sight or prosthetic. Bidirectional Hand hearing, because electrodes Prostheses" explains that currently availstimulate nerve fascicles. able hand prostheses don't allow users to feel what they are holding or manipulating. However, the new prosthesis uses electrodes to stimulate the median and ulnar nerve fascicles, so amputees can manipulate objects and perform tasks by feel rather than by sight or hearing. A related article in The Daily Briefing reviews ©Lifehand 2/Patrizia Tocci the case of a man who has a prosthetic hand with sensors that collect data and send the information to surgically implanted electrodes in his arm. These impulses are then sent to his brain. The patient says the hand allows him to feel the shape and softness or hardness of various objects. "We are stimulating his nerves as close to the way that we are doing it naturally," study author Stanisa Raspopovic says in the article, adding that clinical trials are planned for next year. 23 AACN BOLD VOICES MAY 2014 Excessive Crying as a Preemie May Lead to Behavioral Problems Later

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - May 2014

Another Angle
Pres Note Teaser: What Were We Thinking
Come for the Day. Learn for a Lifetime.
How AACN CSI Academy Changed My Practice
Healthcare Professionals Smoke Less Than General Population
Sleep-Deprived Nurses May Regret Clinical Decisions
Detecting Abuse When Kids Have Fractures
Effective Screening and Counseling for Alcohol Use
Most People Who Need Palliative Care Don’t Receive It
Interruptions Are Dangerous
AACN Community Steps Forward on Early Mobility
Satisfied and Engaged Staff Improve Patient Satisfaction
Involve Nurses When Developing Healthcare Technology
Nurses Concerned About Nursing’s Future
How Does This Year’s Flu Compare to Previous Trends?
Fewer Hospital Opportunities for Nursing Graduates
Excessive Crying as a Preemie, Behavioral Problems Later
Hand Amputees Can Feel Objects With New Prostheses
In Our Journals
Certification Capsules
New Editions of ‘AACN Essentials’ Textbooks
New at NTI 2014: Editorial Consults
Call for Nominations: AACN Board, Nominating Committee
Experience a Wasatch Mountain High This Summer at REACH
Thrive at NTI: 10 Tips for the Best Experience
President’s Note

Bold Voices - May 2014