Effect of radiant warmer on transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and skin hydration in preterm infants

A. Maayan-Metzger, G. Yosipovitch, E. Hadad, L. Sirota

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the effect of radiant warmers on skin barrier function in preterm infants. Methodology: Transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and stratum corneum hydration were measured in 30 preterm infants (birth weight 825 to 2220 g) in seven body areas: forehead, upper back, cubital fossa, palms, soles. abdomen, and inguinal region. Measurements were performed under radiant warmer and incubator conditions. Each patient served as his/her control. Results: TEWL was significantly higher in the radiant warmer compared to the incubator condition in only two areas: forehead and back. The overall mean difference in percentage TEWL between the conditions Stratum corneum hydration was not affected by the radiant warmer. Conclusions: The use of radiant warmers does not significantly decrease barrier function in the preterm infant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-375
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Volume24
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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