Neonatal Intensive Care Research Featured at National Nursing Conference

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Santa Clara County, CA. Dr. Dongli Song, principal investigator of a study at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, is presenting research about reducing how long babies stay in the neonatal intensive care unit.

“Discovering new evidence-based approaches to help preterm infants go home with their families sooner is important to our community,” said Dr. Song, Associate Chief of Neonatology & Director of Clinical Research for Neonatology. 

Research, including the use of the NTrainer System will be presented at a national nursing conference Sept. 8-10 in Nashville. Innara Health’s NTrainer System is an FDA-cleared medical device that assesses and develops the sucking ability in infants and newborns born prematurely.

This latest research supports the use of the NTrainer System as part of an evidence-based approach to infant feeding in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the resulting improvements in reducing time in the NICU. This significant reduction in a hospital stay suggests that oral stimulation not only enhances infants’ oral feeding but also promotes their developmental maturity. In published guidelines, the American Academy of Pediatrics defines oral feeding as one of the physiological abilities necessary for preterm infants to be discharged from the hospital.

Dr. Song will give her presentation, “Patterned Somatosensory Oral Stimulation in Very Preterm Infants Reduces Length of NICU Stay: Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial,” on September 8, 2016.

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center continues look for opportunities to improve patient outcomes and clinical efficiency, including technologies that can support the challenges of caring for our most fragile patients.

About the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at SCVMC

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is a Regional Level IV facility, the highest designation for intensive care units given by California Children’s Services. The neonatologists and multidisciplinary staff are trained to care for infants with a wide range of conditions including prematurity, birth defects, congenital heart disease, jaundice, feeding problems, and infections. General newborn pediatric surgical services and retinal laser surgery are also provided. 

The NICU is committed to providing compassionate and cutting-edge care for premature and other babies who need urgent medical attention immediately after birth.​​