Effect of standard rest periods on apnea and weight gain in preterm infants.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

This study determined the effect of modifying a single aspect of the intermediate care environment on the incidence of apnea and rate of weight gain in convalescent preterm infants. Twenty-two preterm infants were assigned to experimental and control groups using a randomized, matched-pair design. Over a three-week period, infants in the experimental group were provided a 1 1/2-hour nap period four times a day during which their beds were covered and they were left undisturbed. Control infants received standard nursing care. The infants in the experimental group had more apnea at the start of the study than the control infants but showed a significantly more rapid decline in the incidence of apnea. These infants also gained significantly more weight per day than the control infants. Thus, a simple modification of nursing care that involved minimal increases in nursing time had a beneficial effect on preterm infants.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Torres, C; Holditch-Davis, D; O'Hale, A; D'Auria, J

Published Date

  • December 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 35 - 43

PubMed ID

  • 9429451

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1539-2880

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0730-0832


  • eng