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Watchful attention; custody; diligence; concern; caution; as opposed to Negligence or carelessness.

In the law of negligence, the standard of reasonable conduct determines the amount of care to be exercised in a situation. The care taken must be proportional to the apparent risk. As danger increases, commensurate caution must be observed.

Slight care is the care persons of ordinary prudence generally exercise in regard to their personal affairs of minimal importance.

Reasonable care, also known as ordinary care, is the degree of care, diligence, or precaution that may fairly, ordinarily, and properly be expected or required in consideration of the nature of the action, the subject matter, and the surrounding circumstances.

Great care is the degree of care that persons of ordinary prudence usually exercise with respect to their personal affairs of great importance.

Another type of care is that which a fiduciary—a person having a duty, created by his or her undertaking, to act primarily for another's benefit—exercises in regard to valuable possessions entrusted to him or her by another.


n. in law, to be attentive, prudent and vigilant. Essentially, care (and careful) means that a person does everything he/she is supposed to do (to prevent an accident). It is the opposite of negligence (and negligent), which makes the responsible person liable for damages to persons injured. If a person "exercises care," a court cannot find him/her responsible for damages from an accident in which he/she is involved. (See: careless)


(Be cautious), verb be cautious, be concerned, bear in mind, beware, consider, curare, give heed to, guard, have regard, heed, look out for, mind, pay attention to, protect, take precautions, watch out for, watch over
Associated concepts: care and caution, care and skill, careful, careless, degree of care, due care, extraordinary care, great care, lack of care, ordinary care, slight care, want of care


(Regard), verb administer to, attend, attend to, be concerned, be concerned for, become involved, bother, foster, mind, minister to, nurture, pay attention to, serve, supervise, support, sustain, tend, watch over
Associated concepts: care and custody, care and mainteeance, custody or control
See also: administration, agency, aid, alimony, apprehension, assistance, auspices, burden, caution, charge, concern, consideration, constraint, control, custody, direction, discretion, fear, generalship, guidance, heed, help, imprisonment, interest, maintenance, management, notice, particularity, patronage, precaution, preservation, problem, protection, prudence, regard, relief, rigor, safekeeping, shelter, supervision, support, surveillance, trust, upkeep, ward, weight
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Developmental Care of Newborns & Infants: A Guide for Health Professionals.
Effectiveness of individualized developmental care for low-risk preterm infants: Behavioral and electrophysiologic evidence.
A comparison of the infants in the conventional and developmental care groups according to gestational age, weight, and head circumference revealed no significant differences between the groups at birth (see Table 1) (Stevens et al.
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Research on family-focused developmental care has been based on the neurobehavioral needs and responses of the infant and the effect of the environment on the infant (Als & Gilkerson, 1995; Als et al.
And in 2012, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) became 4th in the world to receive the NIDCAP Nursery Certification - NICDAP stands for Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program.
Tony Lives manager Carol Meredith said: "The kind donation will contribute towards developmental care aids including baby nests, gel pillows and sleep shades, which are vital in the early days as they help provide the best environment for sick and premature babies.
Conclusions: Nurses' use of developmental care and the QuickHeel[TM] device may result in lower pain
Pediatricians are guardedly optimistic about a clinical experiment that fosters a team-based approach to improving developmental care, indicating that it will need long-term funding support to ensure its success.
When confidentiality is a routine part of developmental care, confidential visits happen routinely.
Headquartered in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA, Respironics offers devices used mainly to treat patients suffering from respiratory disorders, including positive airway pressure devices to treat obstructive sleep apnoea; non-invasive ventilatory support units; non-invasive cardio-respiratory monitors; portable invasive volume ventilator units; home oxygen devices; diagnostic and monitoring systems; developmental care products for premature infants; and asthma and allergy devices for home and hospital use.

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