Research in brief
The effect of oral training on vital signs of premature infants
Article first published online: 2 JAN 2013
© 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume 22, Issue 11-12, pages 1771–1778, June 2013
How to Cite
Fan, Y.-C., Chung, S.-C., Yang, P.-H., Hung, C.-C. and Li, H.-J. (2013), The effect of oral training on vital signs of premature infants. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22: 1771–1778. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2012.04347.x
- Issue published online: 10 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 2 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 JUN 2012
- neonatal care;
Aims and objectives
This study aimed to develop an applicable oral training protocol and test its effects on vital sign stabilisation in premature infants.
Oral training improves the feeding behaviour of premature infants. However, the inconsistencies of oral training procedures in previous studies obscure the interventional effect of oral training on vital sign stabilisation in premature infants.
True experimental design.
Sixty premature infants with a gestational age <33 weeks were recruited and randomly assigned to the oral training or control group.
Heart rate, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation tended to improve in the oral training group compared to those in the control group. However, the intergroup differences with respect to vital signs before and after feeding were not statistically significant.
Further studies comparing protocols with different measurement points and durations are suggested.