Single rooms give preemies a boost, Women & Infants Hospital study finds

September 22, 2014 10:31 AM

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — When he talks about the old way of running a neonatal intensive care unit, when premature babies were treated collectively in one large open bay, Women & Infants Hospital pediatrician-in-chief Dr. James F. Padbury sometimes uses the word “warehouse.”

“If you take prisoners, students or volunteers and put them in a chaotic environment, very unpredictable — if you disrupt their REM sleep — if you do painful and disruptive things to them — in 72 hours, you can measure certifiable psychotic effects.”

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