5-Key to Success in Nursing Care of the Premature Babies with Respiratory Distress Syndrome

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Tipsuda Sangpanit
Phikun Tinamas
Alisa Khunkaew
Saneh Khunkaew


          Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) is a public health problem which commonly exhibits breathing difficulties, respiratory failure, and long-term complications particularly in premature babies. Therefore, the aim of this article is to present the guideline of nursing care for premature babies who have RDS under evidence-based practice. The 5-key to success guideline was created for nurses to follow which included: 1) Maintaining the oxygenation adequately and safely, 2) Promoting effective lung expansion, 3) Keeping the airway clear, 4) Maintaining normal body temperature, and 5) Maintaining adequate nutrition. The goal of 5-Key to success are to keep babies safe from respiratory failure, prevent the development of complications that may arise both in the acute phase and in the long term, strengthen the function of the lungs and support the baby to continue growing with the least possible abnormalities.


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