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UVa nurse invents a ‘hug’ to protect NICU babies
The Daily Progress Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Tricia Cady used to lie in bed awake thinking about babies in her neonatal intensive care ward. NICU babies frequently pull out their breathing tubes and lines, and Cady said she would run over ideas for keeping unplanned extubations at bay.

“It’s nerve-wracking as a nurse because you can’t just sit at their bedside all day and wait,” she said. “So if we can’t do that, what can we do?”

While working on a class assignment several months ago, though, Cady had an idea: a small vest that keeps a baby’s hands free but away from their face and from IV lines and ventilation tubes. She has since submitted a provisional patent for the design and has a company ready to jump on board to send The Cady Hug into the world.

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