MEDFORD, Ore. — Asante Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Medford is conducting a trial that they are hoping will help premature babies be less likely to suffer bone and joint problems as they get older.
The trial is called the pea pod study around the NICU, and that’s because that is what the device they are testing looks like. One nurse who works with premature babies noticed that as they got older, their bones and muscles were not as strong as other children making them more vulnerable to injury.
They believe it is because premature babies are not subjected to the extra muscle building exercise that other babies get when they are still in the mother’s womb. So, the nurse invented the pea pod device to help with that.
Asante is optimistic about the results so far, and hope it can change the way all premature babies develop.