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Keywords:

  • Congenital heart disease;
  • heart surgery;
  • kangaroo care;
  • newborn

The aim of this investigation was to study whether kangaroo care could be helpful in full-term infants subjected to cardiac postoperative intensive care during the early post-extubation hours. Kangaroo care was performed at 2-h intervals in the first 12 h after extubation in 5 male infants and assessed by cardiorespiratory parameters. Results showed that, during kangaroo care, heart rate (123 ± 4 vs 128 ± 5 bpm), respiratory frequency (43 ± 3 vs 51 ± 5 breath pm), transcutaneous carbon dioxide (46 ± 2 vs 50 ± 4 mmHg) and central venous pressure (11 ±0.8 vs 12±1.2mmHg) significantly decreased (p<0.05 for all), while oxygen saturation (78 ± 6 vs 74 ± 5 mmHg) and transcutaneous oxygen pressure increased (42 ±2 vs 38 ± 3 mmHg) (p < 0.05 for all).

Conclusion: We conclude that kangaroo care might be a useful technique contributing to stabilization of the cardiorespiratory status in postoperative paediatric cardiac intensive care.