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The Zaky ZAK is the only kangaroo care device specifically engineered to holding infants (skin to skin contact or clothed) in intensive care units, and it is now used with well- and term newborns and babies with any medical condition, developmental stage, and weighing 1 to 15 lbs in any hospital unit and at home.
It was created by Yamile Jackson, a PhD 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
Ashley Weber, Mason Elder, Kristin C. Voos, Joshua W. Lambert, Heather C. Kaplan, and Yamile C. Jackson
"The article 'Clinician opinions and approaches to manage risk related to safe sleep during skin-to-skin care' (JOGNN, 49, 464-474) was one of seven articles nominated for the 2021 Best of JOGNN Writing Award. This is JOGNN’s premier award. The award will be presented during AWHONN’s 2021 Convention scheduled in October. Although JOGNN’s Editors and Editorial Advisory Board did not choose your article to receive this year’s award, I extend my congratulations to you and your co-authors for your significant contribution to JOGNN’s excellence in 2020. Your article was one of the best. Criteria for award include originality of the work; clarity and scholarliness of the writing; potential to significantly affect the care of women, infants and/or childbearing families; and the interdisciplinary importance of the work. Thank you for your contribution to nursing’s scholarly literature and particularly for your significant contribution to JOGNN in 2020. Best wishes for continued professional success and I encourage you to consider JOGNN as a publication outlet in the future.
Nancy K. Lowe, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
Editor in Chief, Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN)
College of Nursing University of Colorado"
Ashley Weber, PhD, RN; Yamile Jackson, PhD, PE, PMP