Effect of Oropharyngeal Colostrum Administration in Premature Infants on Nosocomial Infections

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Wunnapa Tungtang
Tipawan Daramas
Jariya Wittayasooporn



            The present quasi-experimental research study aimed at investigating the effects of oropharyngeal colostrum administration on nosocomial infections in preterm infants.  The study sample consisted of 60 preterm infants who were admitted into the neonatal intensive care unit. Thirty subjects in the experimental group received oral administration of 0.2 ml. of colostrum every three hours for seven days, while the other 30 subjects in the control group received only usual nursing care.  The data of nosocomial infections were gathered from the medical records of the hospital, and data analysis was conducted using Chi-square test and odds ratio. The findings showed that there was no statistically significant difference of nosocomial infections rate in preterm infants who received oropharyngeal colostrum administration and those who received only usual nursing care(OR = .6; 95% CI = .17-2.08, p = .65).Therefore, more research is needed to understand better how to use oropharyngeal colostrum in premature infants for improving nosocomial infections. However, the results of  this study can be used to develop nursing practice guidelines  on oropharyngeal colostrum administration in preterm infants and promote breastfeeding in sick newborn in neonatal intensive care unit.



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Tungtang W, Daramas T, Wittayasooporn J. Effect of Oropharyngeal Colostrum Administration in Premature Infants on Nosocomial Infections. Rama Nurs J [Internet]. 2018 Oct. 3 [cited 2022 Jul. 2];24(2):109-21. Available from: https://he02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/RNJ/article/view/112942


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