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The Zaky ZAK is the only safety device engineered specifically with features to hold babies (skin to skin or clothed) from 1lb to 15 lbs in all hospital units then at home.
Quick Reference for The Zaky ZAK (PDF)
New Standard: "Parents should be allowed to fall asleep during SSC or Kangaroo Care (KC)"
Volunteer Cuddlers: it is best to hold in kangaroo care position but keeping the clothes on. Wear a t-shirt with no buttons or zippers in the front, and secure with The Zaky ZAK. That way the baby receives much more positive sensorial stimulation than when held swaddled, the volunteer can use their hands to read to the baby, and the NICU staff knows that the baby is safe.
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Publications using The Zaky ZAK:
Parent-Training with Kangaroo Care Impacts Infant Neurophysiological Development & Mother-Infant Neuroendocrine ActivityJillian 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.
Neonatal Skin-to-Skin Contact [With The Zaky ZAK]: Implications for Learning and Autonomic Nervous System Function in Infants With Congenital Heart Disease
by Tondi M. Harrison, PhD, RN, FAAN , Chao-Ying Chen, PhD, MS, PT , Phyllis Stein, PhD , Roger Brown, PhD , and Jill C. Heathcock, MPT, PhD
The publication that reports the results of Skin to Skin Contact/Kangaroo Care with infants with congenital heart disease is published!
Every mom/baby dyad used The Zaky ZAK (aka Kangaroo Zak) for Skin to Skin contact sessions, and is acknowledged/described in the paper on page 3.
The Sobreviver Project (Survive) By Mary Coughlin, RN, MS, NNP, Caring Essentials Collaborative, LLC. Boston.Publication: Kangaroo Care Implementation [with The Zaky ZAK] - Quality Improvement Project
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 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. Here are the results:
• Parental confidence increased by 62% on the PPCI
Poster Science Behind Kangaroo Care