On Thursday, November 17, staff and physicians in TSH’s Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) will recognize World Prematurity Day to help bring awareness to initiatives to address preterm birth.
World Prematurity Day was started in 2008 by the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI). Countless individuals and organizations from more than 100 countries now participate with activities and special events.
At TSH, staff and physicians who work in the NICUs will be wearing purple – the colour associated with World Prematurity Day – and staff, physicians, patients, and visitors will receive special “Preemie Power” pins. Everyone can also join the conversation online by using the hashtag #WorldPrematurityDay.
Globally, one in 10 babies is born premature. Although many go on to thrive, others can have lifelong health problems, such as cerebral palsy, vision and hearing loss, and intellectual disabilities.
TSH’s two NICUs care for more than 370 infants each year. These babies and their families receive specialized care from an interprofessional team, including physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, respiratory therapists, and lactation consultants.
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