Inside the NICU

We have a winner! (Two, actually)

May we have your attention please?

kangaroos

You have been so patient as we’ve tallied up all the numbers you’ve sent in, and now it’s time for us to announce our winners. Out of 74 North American hospitals and 21 Australian hospitals, we are very excited to say (drumroll please) that the winners of the 2016 International Kangaroo Care Challenge are:

Level 2 winner:  North York General Hospital (Toronto, Ontario) with an average of 4.1 hours of holding per baby per day! 

 Level 3/4 Winner:  Alberta Children’s Hospital (Calgary, Alberta) with an average of 3.5 hours of holding per baby per day!

These numbers are fantastic, especially when we think of what they represent … hours upon hours of brain-boosting, attachment-building, stress-busting kangaroo cuddles!  The average length of time spent holding in Level 2 units was 1.74 hours per baby per day, and in Level 3 it was 0.98 hours, so our winners can really pat themselves on the back for a job well done.

Over the next few days we will be sharing some tips and tricks from the winners and from other units who accomplished some spectacular feats.  So please check back with us soon so we can continue to learn and improve together. Until then … happy holding!

 

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Kate Robson