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Research Article  |   June 1994
Medical Considerations and Practice Guidelines for the Neonatal Occupational Therapist
Author Affiliations
  • Jan Hunter, MA, OTR, is a Pediatric Clinical Specialist, Children’s Hospital, Department of Rehabilitation Services, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas 77555–0596, and Assistant Professor (Clinical) in the Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
  • Jan Mullen, RNC, BS, is a Neonatal Clinical Educator, Infant Special Care Unit, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
  • Dara Varga Dallas, MD, is a Neonatal Fellow, Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
Article Information
Evidence-Based Practice / Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Special Issue on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Research Article   |   June 1994
Medical Considerations and Practice Guidelines for the Neonatal Occupational Therapist
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1994, Vol. 48, 546-560. doi:10.5014/ajot.48.6.546
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1994, Vol. 48, 546-560. doi:10.5014/ajot.48.6.546
Abstract

Provision of safe and effective occupational therapy in neonatal intensive care units requires an understanding of neonatal medical conditions and treatment modalities. This article explains basic medical concepts and technology with terminology frequently encountered in neonatal intensive care. Discussions of neonatal thermoregulation, respiratory care, hemodynamic monitoring, and metabolic support are presented as general areas of focus. Equipment usage and precautions are included. Several case studies illustrate the incorporation of medical knowledge into neonatal occupational therapy practice.