Robin Knobel of Duke University School of Nursing said her work at a NICU neonatal nurse practitioner alerted her to the problem of keeping premature, low-birth-weight infants warm. Less stimulation and incubators help infants retain warmth, and Knobel says research is showing monitoring abdominal and foot temperatures provide a good gauge of a baby's thermal status. Knobel shared her research at NANN's recent 28th Annual Educational Conference in Palm Springs, Calif.

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