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Outcome Proposition for Patient, Parents, NICU, & Hospital

Our NeuroDevelopmental Care System includes a pair of The Zaky and a Kangaroo Zak for each baby.

Individualized, and constant level of care for every baby, regardless of size, age, medical condition, or developmental stage (including NAS and end-of-life/palliative care) and developmental care at the hospital and then at home.

Our products virtually replace all developmental care devices on the bed and during Kangaroo Care:

  • For parents to hold skin-to-skin (Kangaroo Care): The Kangaroo Zak is ergonomically designed to enable comfortable, hands-free, safe, and prolonged sessions of skin-to-skin contact. There are 2 sizes: Size 1 adjusts to S/M/L, and size 2 adjusts to XL/2XL/3XL. 2 colors available (lilac and cream).
    Hospitals that use the Kangaroo Zak have experienced an increase of up to 6 fold in holding time, no accidental falls of the baby during Kangaroo Care, parental and staff satisfaction, and successful implementation of Kangaroo Care. We also provide consulting services to facilitate the Kangaroo Care Method implementation or improvement for NICUs and Post-Partum Units.

  • For using on the bed of the baby: The Zaky comes in a pair (one left and one right hand) and one universal size works for every baby in the NICU. It also helps to support and provide comfort to the neck of the parent while in Kangaroo Care (while scenting the Zaky). 6 color available (lilac, cream, gray, lime, sky blue, and rose).
    The Zaky is the only evidence-based developmental care device in the market and the results of the research suggest that The Zaky significantly decreased apnea/bradycardia of prematurity, and significantly improve self-regulation for the infants in the study that were asigne The Zaky maternally scented.
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  • For NICU

  • For Hospital

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Outcome Proposition for the Baby

  • Our focus is the prevention of negative effects of prematurity, including the need for future therapy and neurological deficiencies.
  • Our products increase attachment which improves sleep, health, and growth, and facilitates a smooth transition to the family.
  • Our products are ergonomically designed to help provide a constant level of individualized developmental care, kangaroo care, and family centered care that are based on evidence.
  • Our system helps the parents be always "present" with the baby providing a sense of comfort and protection, even when they cannot be there.
  • Our products provide comprehensive physical, physiological, psychological, neurological developmental support to every baby from birth, regardless of size and developmental stage.
  • Everything we do (or do not do) for preemies in the NICU will affect them for their lifetime. We help professionals and families work in ensuring the best possible quality of life (for a lifetime) and an effective inclusion of the baby into his/her family.
  • All without medication/stimulants, invasive procedures, or expensive equipment.

The Kangaroo Zak:

  • KangarooZakThere is no care more individualized than Kangaroo Care, and no safer and comfortable way than with the Kangaroo Zak.
  • It virtually eliminates the risk of accidental fall of the baby while in kangaroo care so parents can be relaxed and even sleep with the baby.
  • Holds the baby's weight and provides a developmentally supportive position, containment, boundaries, and a closer contact with the parent.
  • It provides effective thermal regulation, without excess fabric, creases, skin marks, or pressure points.
  • It helps parents hold for longer periods of time, so the baby benefits from every minute of Kangaroo Care.
  • It decreases unscheduled interventions and realize all the benefits of Kangaroo Care.
  • It helps facilitate painful procedures while in kangaroo care proven to minimize or even eliminate pain.
  • It provides a constant level of care every time the parents hold the baby in kangaroo care.
  • It is adjustable so it works as the baby grows.

The Zakys:

  • The Zakys are the only evidence based developmental support device in the world: They are the only devices with clinical evidence that suggests significant decrease apnea/bradycardia and significant improvement in self-regulation and stress behaviors. In fact, the babies using the Zakys Maternally Scented had ZERO apnea/bradycardia events in this randomized clinical research.
  • Comprehensive care: One Pair of Zakys virtually replace all positioners, transitional items, nests, bonding items, and soothing devices. Our products are ergonomically designed to help provide comprehensive physical, physiological, psychological, neurological developmental and family-centered care to hospitalized neonates ensuring the best possible quality of life (for a lifetime) and an effective inclusion of the baby into his/her family.
  • babyConstant level of care: The baby feels the same device every day, regardless of who is the healthcare provider. Adults wouldn't like sleeping in different beds with different sheets, pillows, and mattress every 12 hours, and babies don't either, so by providing the same device day and night we are helping babies with self regulation and sleep.
  • Individualized, and constant level of care for every baby, regardless of size, age, medical condition, or developmental stage, including NAS and end-of-life/palliative care.
  • The shape of the Zaky is familiar and therapeutic: hand/forearm that weighs 500 grams.
  • Multipurpose design: for every developmental stage, medical condition, size, and position.
  • Its universal size provides individualized care: equivalent to the mother's hand (a woman's medium size hand and forearm), the same size is used for every baby, regardless of positioning, size, medical condition, age, and/or developmental stage. No need for different sizes (small/medium/large/extra large) or different weights (light/medium/heavy) to fit the needs of each baby.
  • Ideal for any position: the same Zakys help with prone, sidelying, supine position
  • Ergonomic design researched and developed for 3.5 years before releasing it to the market. Invented by a PhD in ergonomics engineering.
  • Bolster Support: place the Zaky vertically with the hand on the top, and fold the hand to make a firm but flexible roll without the need for metal rods.
  • The most effective transitional device: To help babies with the transition from hospital to the house, and to continue developmental care at home, the healthcare professionals must train the parents to correctly use the Zakys in the car seat, to continue providing developmental care during wake periods, and the "back-to-sleep program", as they teach any other intervention to be performed at home. Up to 6 months of age, the Zakys must be used under constant supervision.
  • Adjustable weight to use on the top of the baby: Shift the filling to provide contaiment: only the weight of the fabric for micropreemies, to the full weight (500 grams) for babies weighing 5lbs+.
  • Scent of the parents by placing them directly on their skin (chest or behind the neck) for at least one hour. The mother's is the only source of comfort for the baby at birth. The father must become another source of comfort soon after birth. The Zakys keep the scent of both parents at all times.
  • Warm and soft: They are soft to the touch. Place the Zakys in the towel warmer or dryer to get it warm.
  • Quiet operation: filling is quiet when the Zaky is moved. This is important for the NICU baby's developmental support.

Outcome Proposition for the Parents

  • Our products are ergonomically designed to help provide a constant level of developmental care, kangaroo care, and family centered care that is based on evidence.
  • They are centered in the relationship of the parents with their baby and the importance of the parents to provide the best developmentally supportive care.

  • They help parents understand the importance of their presence in the NICU.
  • Our products are easily understood by parents, and parents become proficient in developmental care with the training from the staff.
  • They help lower the separation anxiety every day they leave their baby in the hospital.
  • Parents understand how to provide effective developmental care in the NICU will continue at home.
  • Parents are more relaxed as they know they are providing developmental care that is based on evidence.
  • Both products help with NAS and palliative/end of life care.

Kangaroo Zak:

  • Family Centered: made by a mother and PhD in ergonomics and human factors engineering that Kangarooed her preemie for 5-7 hours every day so all parents can hold for longer periods of time safely.
  • Privacy and Discretion: the Kangaroo Zak covers the breast of the mother while holding.
  • Hands-free: Parents hands are free to do other things while holding the baby. If parents are occupied or sleeping, time goes by faster resulting in prolonged kangaroo care sessions.
  • Recyclable: wash and reuse (warm in the towel warmer before wearing it for added comfort).
  • Unisex: same Kangaroo Zak for mothers and fathers.
  • Safety and Peace of Mind: knowing that the baby cannot fall during kangaroo care increases the confidence and relaxation of the parent.
  • Immediate access to the baby: in case of emergency or to perform interventions, pump, breastfeed, etc.

The Zaky:

  • Family-centered device: Parents know that their baby feels the presence and love (helping with strengthening attachment/bonding), even when they are not present and they, in turn, feel more confidence and secure to perceive it as an extension of them that contributes to the 24/7 development of the baby. Parents' Scent: Parents leave the scented Zakys with the baby at all times (scent it by placing it on the chest or behind the neck for at least one hour)
  • Recyclable: wash and reuse.
  • Immediate Connection: Parents leave their scent with the baby and the Zakys are an extension of them that stay with the baby.
    To explain how the Zakys facilitate the connection between a baby and the parents, parents always want to take the Zakys with them, and in case of the baby passes, parents have indicated that they bury the baby with the Zaky.
  • Training: Staff can easily teach the parents to position and provide developmental care to the baby. Parents are able to use the Zakys in the hospital and continue developmental care at home.

Outcome Proposition for the NICU staff

For the Healthcare professional: Provide evidence-based / comprehensive / multipurpose developmental care for every baby, consistently, and easily standardized.

  • Safety is our priority, innovation and effectiveness our strength.
  • Simplified procedures, training, quality control, and ability to provide evidence-based developmental/family-centered care
  • The Zakys are used by every baby in the NICU, regardless of developmental stage, size and medical condition.
  • The Kangaroo Zak is used by babies and parents that qualify for kangaroo care.
  • Safety and Peace of Mind: knowing that the baby cannot fall during kangaroo care increases the confidence and relaxation of the parent.
  • The "bundle" (One Pair of Zakys and 1 Kangaroo Zak) replace over 45 different item codes from other companies as it virtually replaces all positioners, bonding/attachment, transitional, therapeutic, non-medicinal sleep aids, and soothing devices, helping you provide evidence-based developmental standard of care, from birth and around the clock.
  • Improved results not only during hospitalization but for the baby's and family's lifetime.
  • Immediate and noticeable increase in customer satisfaction (staff, families and babies).
  • Evidence-based and standardized care throughout the unit.
  • Effective with babies that are difficult to console, including narcotic-dependent babies.
  • Reduced alarms noise and unscheduled nursing interventions.
  • Instant access to the baby for interventions or in case of emergency.
  • Work our products around the baby, instead of working the baby around the products.
  • Decreased margin of error and misuse because no longer you use multiple type and sizes of devices and have to train about what works when and with what depending on the position (prone, sidelying, supine) and the size or developmental stage of the baby.
  • Reduced training time to new nurses/parents, and more effective quality control.
  • And, because of their adjustable sizes you will always have the proper device available when you need it, regardless of the developmental stage, size, or medical condition of the baby/parent.

Outcome Proposition for the Hospital

Provide evidence-based developmental care for every baby, safely, consistently, and easily standardized.

  • Safety is our priority and innovation and effectiveness our strength.
  • Multi-purpose: Our products are used in every hospital unit with babies under 1 year old, regardless of size and medical condition. Older children use it for comfort with the mother/father's scent.
  • Material Management and Logistics: Streamlining of the supply chain management improving performance and customer service:
  • Reduced Inventory: The "bundle" (One Pair of Zakys and One Kangaroo Zaks) virtually replace all positioners, bonding/attachment, transitional, therapeutic, non-medicinal sleep aids, and soothing devices, helping you provide evidence-based developmental standard of care, from birth and around the clock.
  • Enhanced Inventory Management: significantly improve the way you track and manage our products to satisfy open sales orders and support required for field service and training. This eliminates excess and waste, frees up valuable real estate for other important purposes, and minimizes related storage costs. Each product has a barcode for improved inventory control.
  • Simplified Order Management: dramatically accelerate the execution of the entire order-to-delivery cycle between you and your customer and between your company and ours.
  • Effective Procurement: All activities and tasks associated with sourcing, purchasing, and payables are streamlined by reducing the number of SKUs, ability to purchase online, etc.
  • Simplified Logistics: by having only one supplier of developmental care devices, you reduce costs for logistics, warehousing, inventory control, and margins of error.
  • More Accurate Forecasting and Planning: Our products are designed to work for the entire hospitalization of the baby, supporting every developmental stage of the patient. Since each patient needs "the bundle" (One pair of Zakys plus One Kangaroo Zak), regardless of size of medical condition, NICUs, PICUs CICUs, Labor and Delivery, and every hospital unit with babies of 6 months of age or less know the annual births and/or annual admissions rate.
  • Effective Return Management: Our products go through rigorous quality control measures and since 2001 we have had no returns from hospitals.
  • Product lifecycle management: Each patient receives a "bundle" and goes home with it.
  • Just-time-distribution: In the USA we ship directly to the hospital.

Comparison between The Zakys and other Products

 

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