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Clin Perinatol. 2016 Mar;43(1):147-56. doi: 10.1016/j.clp.2015.11.010.

Developmental Care Rounds: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Support Developmentally Appropriate Care of Infants Born with Complex Congenital Heart Disease.

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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 3401 Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.
University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, 418 Curie Boulevard, Claire Fagin Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. Electronic address:


Newborn infants with complex congenital heart disease are at risk for developmental delay. Developmental care practices benefit prematurely born infants in neonatal intensive care units. Cardiac intensive care units until recently had not integrated developmental care practices into their care framework. Interdisciplinary developmental care rounds in our center have helped in the promotion of developmentally supportive care for infants before and after cardiac surgery. This article discusses basic principles of developmental care, the role of each member of the interdisciplinary team on rounds, common developmental care practices integrated into care from rounds, and impacts to patients, families, and staff.


Congenital heart disease; Developmental care; Infant; Rounds

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