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Keywords:

  • infant;
  • neonatal care;
  • nursing

Aims and objectives

This study aimed to develop an applicable oral training protocol and test its effects on vital sign stabilisation in premature infants.

Background

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.

Design

True experimental design.

Methods

Sixty premature infants with a gestational age <33 weeks were recruited and randomly assigned to the oral training or control group.

Results

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.

Conclusions

Further studies comparing protocols with different measurement points and durations are suggested.