The Science - The Zaky ZAK®
The science that supports The Zaky ZAK®
The Zaky ZAK® is the kangaroo care device specifically engineered to hold infants (skin to skin contact or clothed) that weigh from 1 to 15 lbs in any hospital unit and at home.
It was engineered by Yamile Jackson, a Ph.D. in ergonomics and safety engineering and [kangaroo] mother of Zachary (who spent 5 months in two different NICUs surviving, fighting, and thriving against all odds). The Zaky ZAK® is a safety device engineered with quality, safety, comfort, easy access, and effective transfers in mind. Do not accept imitations.
It is unisex, used in Antepartum, Labor and Delivery, c-sections, NICU, PICU, any unit where babies are present - and homes.
Publication: Neonatal Skin-to-Skin Contact [With The Zaky ZAK]: Implications for Learning and Autonomic Nervous System Function in Infants With Congenital Heart Disease
The publication that reports the results of Skin to Skin Contact/Kangaroo Care with infants with congenital heart disease is published!
Jillian S. Hardin, Nancy Aaron Jones, Krystal D. Mize, Melannie Platt
Infant Behavior and Development, Volume 58, February 2020, 101416; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2019.101416
Infants were full-term (> 37 weeks GA). Mothers assigned to the Kangaroo Care Group were given a KC wrap (Nurtured by Design's The Zaky ZAK/Kangaroo Zak)
Overall, analyses indicated that:
Findings suggest KC may garner favorable neuro-maturational and neurobiological outcomes for dyads.
Publication: Kangaroo Care Implementation [with The Zaky ZAK] - Quality Improvement Project
The Sobreviver Project (Survive) By Mary Coughlin, RN, MS, NNP, Caring Essentials Collaborative, LLC. Boston.
Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews Volume 15, Issue 4, December 2015, Pages 169-173
Every mother was provided a The Zaky ZAK (aka Kangaroo Zak) in this Quality Improvement Project and Mary Coughlin, explains why.
"Improving The Frequency And Duration Of Skin To Skin Holding [with The Zaky ZAK®] To Promote Parental Confidence In NICU"
by Elizabeth Jeanson PT DPT; Sheri Fischer, MSN RN CBC; Andrea Bunn DNP RN; David Munson, MD; Jessica Schnyders BSN RN; Nate Harris BSN RN
Sanford Improvement Academy selected The Zaky ZAK as part of their Kangaroo Care implementation. The goal was to improve confidence, duration, and frequency by 20%.
Here are the results:
• Parental confidence increased by 62% on the PPCI
Quality Improvement Project: Prevent Unplanned Extubations during Kangaroo Care.
Unplanned extubations during kangaroo care is now a preventable injury during kangaroo care with The Zaky ZAK (aka Kangaroo Zak) at Children's Hospital of Atlanta (CHOA)
by Dorothy Vittner, Amy D’Agata, Byeong Yeob Choi, and Jacqueline McGrath
Published:March 22, 2023PMID: 36965512
(The Zaky ZAK® was used to hold infants in skin-to-skin/kangaroo care during this study)
White Paper – Trauma Informed Care (TIC) with The Zaky in NICUs by Mary Coughlin.