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Clinical Trial
. 2009 Apr;32(2):226-9.
doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2008.12.001. Epub 2009 Jan 30.

Procedural Pain Heart Rate Responses in Massaged Preterm Infants

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Procedural Pain Heart Rate Responses in Massaged Preterm Infants

Miguel A Diego et al. Infant Behav Dev. .
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Abstract

Heart rate (HR) responses to the removal of a monitoring lead were assessed in 56 preterm infants who received moderate pressure, light pressure or no massage therapy. The infants who received moderate pressure massage therapy exhibited lower increases in HR suggesting an attenuated pain response. The heart rate of infants who received moderate pressure massage also returned to baseline faster than the heart rate of the other two groups, suggesting a faster recovery rate.

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Mean heart rate (in beats per minute) collected 120 seconds prior to and 120 seconds following the removal of a surgical tape from infants randomly assigned to a moderate pressure massage, light pressure massage and standard care control group.

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