Our Corporate Sponsors
"Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean."Ryunosuke Satoro
In the spirit of serving neonatal therapists all over the world, we thank the following NANT 365 Corporate Sponsors for their year-long support, commitment and vision.
We can’t serve the babies in our care without safe, innovative products and services.
Thank you for your ongoing dedication to excellence as we collectively strive to improve quality of life for premature and medically fragile infants everywhere.
Sue Ludwig, President and Founder
Innara Health(TM) (formerly KCBioMedix(R)) is an innovative leader in neurodevelopmental care. The company's flagship product, the FDA-approved NTrainer System(R), is the first and only technology that assesses and reinforces non-nutritive suck (NNS) in newborns and infants born prematurely in critical care settings. Developed from 20 years of extensive research, the NTrainer System is used by many top-tier children's hospitals and academic medical centers to improve the quality of care for babies born preterm.
The NTrainer System uses groundbreaking technology to accurately assess and therapeutically promote NNS - a vital skill linked to faster transitions to oral feeds, more rapid weight gain, shortened hospital stays and reduced hospitals costs. It is revolutionizing NICU and CTICU feeding for premature infants.
Neonatal therapists use the NTrainer System as both predictive and therapeutic technology during gavage feeding, and before breast or bottle feeding. It offers therapists a data-driven method to both measure and reinforce the preterm infant's NNS feeding skills.
Assessment: The NTrainer System provides standardized, objective, quantitative results of the infant's NNS organization. On-screen data and printed reports empower neonatal therapists to make more informed decisions using reliable data.
Therapy: The NTrainer System provides a clinically proven ororhythmic stimulation therapy to reinforce NNS. Studies prove this type of treatment effectively improves NNS development and oral feeding success in preterm infants who are at risk for oromotor dysfunction.
To learn more about how the NTrainer System improves health outcomes through innovation for the world's most vulnerable population - premature infants - visit us at the NANT conference or online at Innarahealth.com.
Invictus Medical, Inc., a Texas-based medical device company founded in 2011, is dedicated to the creation and implementation of innovative medical technologies. Deeply committed to improving the lives of newborns, Invictus Medical eagerly awaits FDA clearance in anticipation of the launch of its first product.
This game-changing device is designed as a preventative option meant to reduce cranial complications in newborns due to external pressure. This mobile and unobtrusive product contains a state-of-the-art gel solution designed to optimize the pressure dispersing principles of the Invictus Medical exclusive Pressure Response System. Preliminary test results indicate surface area contact with the cranium is dramatically increased and peak pressure is dramatically decreased.(1)
There’s nothing else like it or the company that created it.
Reference: Data on file, Invictus Medical Inc; 2014.(1)
Discover more at www.invictusmed.com
Philips Mother & Child Care
Your passion, our commitment
From the hospital to the home, Philips is committed to delivering the next generation of care for mother and child, right from the beginning. We share your passion for doing all you can to provide the best care possible, whatever the course of a new life. And we’re committed to providing you with innovative, clinically proven solutions and a broad range of support.
For more than 40 years, Philips has helped caregivers deliver the comprehensive care mothers and babies deserve, whether it’s basic care for a healthy mom or intensive treatment for your most fragile preemie. We recognize that addressing immediate concerns is just as critical as providing long-term developmental well-being.
And our innovative, evidence-based solutions are developed to support a baby’s growth, while helping newborns bond with parents and family. In the hospital, Philips breakthrough imaging and monitoring products, developmentally supportive NICU and PICU solutions, and advanced clinical information systems help you plan better, work more efficiently, and make more informed clinical decisions. When it’s time to go home, Philips is there with nursing, feeding, soothing, jaundice management, and monitoring solutions you can use to help mothers, babies and their families get off to a healthy start.
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The National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) is an organization created specifically for neonatal occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech-language pathologists. NANT provides multiple ways for neonatal therapists to connect, learn, mentor and inspire while advancing this focused field of therapy on a national level.
By Laura Madlinger-Lewis October 28, 2014
Cycled Lighting (lights on during the day and off at night) instead of constant bright light or irregular dim lighting has been widely studied and found to have developmental benefits for infants in the NICU. Therefore, The American Academy of Pediatrics and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend neonatal care in a cycled lighting environment. While cycled lighting is standard in some NICUs, many still utilize constant bright or dim lighting. Depending on the specific architectural design and distinct culture of the NICU where you work, promoting cycled lighting practices may be challenging. To help equip you, here are five evidence-based reasons to advocate for cycled lighting:
1. Improved weight gain, shorter hospital stay, improved oxygen saturations, and more developed melatonin rhythm
A study published in the journal Early Human Development found the above benefits for preterm infants who were exposed to cycled lighting through the use of individual removable helmets versus constant lighting.
Vasquez-Ruiz, S., Maya-Barrios, J., Torres-Narvaez, P., Vega-Martinez, B., Rojas-Granados, A., Escobar, C., et al. (2014). A light/dark cycle in the NICU accelerates body weight gain and shortens time to discharge in preterm infants. Early Human Development, 90, 535-540.
2. Reduced crying and fussing
Researchers at University Hospital Zurich examined the effects of cycled lighting versus irregular dim lighting on preterm infants at 5 and 11 weeks corrected age, and found that babies in the cycled lighting arm of the study spent significantly less time crying or fussing.
Guyer, C., Huber, R., Fontijn, J., Bucher, H., Nicolai, H., Werner, H., et al. (2012). Cycled light exposure reduces fussing and crying in very preterm infants. Pediatrics, 130(1), e145.
3. Trends towards lower incidence of retinopathy of prematurity and improved growth
A 2013 Cochrane review analyzed 6 studies on cycled lighting (including the study above). One study found that infants under cycled lighting had improved growth at 3 months of age. Many of the outcomes did not reach statistical significance, which researchers attribute to the small sample sizes in the studies. However, trends for most outcomes including weight gain, length of stay, time spent crying, and incidence of retinopathy of prematurity favor cycled lighting.
Morag, I., & Ohlsson, A. (2013). Cycled light in the intensive care unit for preterm and low birth weight infants. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 8.
4. Potential for increased adult anxiety-like responses in dim light environments
An animal study that found that mice exposed to dim light versus darkness at night in early life had increased anxiety responses later in life. While more research needs to be done on later outcomes of cycled lighting in humans, this study demonstrates the potential for worse outcomes under dim lighting conditions.
Borniger, J., McHenry, Z., Salloum, B., & Nelson, R. (2014). Exposure to dim light at night during early development increases adult anxiety-like responses. Physiology & Behavior, 133, 99-106.
5. Dim lighting in the NICU can potentially increase sleep disturbances in the family members of babies in the NICU.
Researchers who studied sleep in mothers of low birth weight infants found that these women had clinically significant sleep disturbances. The researchers posit that these women experience sleep disruption not only due to the stress of having a child in the NICU, but also due to exposure to artificial dim lights for extended periods, which can desynchronize circadian rhythms.
Lee, S., & Kimble, L. (2009). Impaired sleep and well-being in mothers with low-birth-weight infants. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 38(6), 676-685.
By Sue Ludwig October 21, 2014