The majority of preterm infants require a long period of hospitalization in intensive care units, which often necessitates those undergoing painful procedures, including blood collection. Thisstudy aimsto identify the effectiveness of facilitated tucking on pain responses, including physiological parameters and the duration of crying during blood collection. The study design is quasi-experimental, employing a nonequivalent control group pretest-posttest approach. The study involves 40 infants, selected by the consecutive sampling technique and assigned into two groups: an intervention group (n= 20), which received facilitated tucking during blood collection, and a control group (n= 20), which did not receive facilitated tucking. The General Linear Model+post hoc, Mann-Whitney, and independent t-test were applied to analyze the data. The results suggest that there was a significant difference in the mean of the pulse, oxygen saturation, and duration of crying between the two groups during blood collection. The duration of crying in the intervention group was shorter than in the control group. Facilitated tucking was effective in relieving pain and the duration of crying during blood collection, and could be implemented as part of the developmental care process to promote pain management in infants.
- developmental care, facilitated tucking, pain, preterm infants