Award Date

May 2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Occupational Therapy Doctorate


Brain Health

First Committee Member

Donnamarie Krause

Second Committee Member

Jefferson Kinney

Number of Pages



The current availability of high-quality and comprehensive educational resources made available to parents and guardians with infants admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is limited in terms of content and provision. Additionally, there exists a plethora of information regarding the impact of the sensory environment on premature and critically ill infants as well as interventions to mitigate these effects that are not efficiently conveyed to their families. Previous research asserts that consistency with the application of sensory interventions with these infants bodes well for positive outcomes, leading one to believe that caregivers may benefit from learning these strategies so that the child may appropriately reach developmental milestones and avoid the development of maladaptive behaviors in later childhood. This quality improvement effort aims to address this clinical gap through the development of a Swaddle Bathing Educational Guide intended for parents/guardians with children admitted to the NICU. Using a one-group posttest-only design, a small sample of parents/guardians with children in the Summerlin Hospital NICU were surveyed to determine the perceived usefulness, ease of use, and satisfaction of this Educational Guide to inform future educational efforts within the NICU environment. The survey results indicated that the Educational Guide was well received and did score well in each perceived usefulness, ease of use, and satisfaction, however further research is required to determine client-informed best practices regarding NICU education.


Best Practice; Neonate; NICU; Parent Education; Premature Infant; Swaddle Bath


Occupational Therapy

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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