First-Time NICU Research Lessens Newborns' Pain

May 14, 2012

 



Brooke Burks, NICU nurse practitioner

at Mercy Health Center

OKLAHOMA CITY - This Mother’s Day, some Oklahoma mommies were extra thankful for technology – and a study going on at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City.

In the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), Mercy is conducting first-time research with a “vein viewer” to start IVs more easily in tiny newborns and save them from the discomfort of multiple needle sticks.

“Babies in the NICU have arms and hands smaller than their parents’ fingers and that makes it extremely difficult to find a vein,” said Michele McEver, NICU nurse manager. “With this technology, we save our babies from unneeded pain.”

To reduce needle sticks, Mercy uses a vein viewer, a light that improves external visibility. Mercy’s research will provide needed proof that vein viewers can dramatically decrease needle sticks for the tiniest patients.

 

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