NICU refines protocols, cuts LOS for neonatal abstinence syndrome
Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio reduced its NICU length of stay for neonatal abstinence syndrome from 27 days to 18 days through retraining nursing staff and refining treatment protocols. The unit originally had reduced LOS from more than 36 days to 31 days using a methadone protocol, and then to 27 days using an oral morphine regimen, the researchers reported in Pediatrics. Medscape (free registration)
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CMS to expand hospital infection reporting requirements
The CMS intends to widen reporting of central line-associated bloodstream and catheter-associated urinary tract infections beyond hospital intensive care units to include medical and surgical units. The measures were developed by the CDC, and data will be collected by its National Healthcare Safety Network. HealthLeaders Media
Group issues recommendations to protect newborns from whooping cough
The Global Pertussis Initiative says vaccinating pregnant women against whooping cough, followed by immediate family members, caregivers and other people who come in contact with infants, is the most effective way to prevent newborns from contracting the infection. The recommendations were published in Pediatrics. Reuters
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Registration is now open for NANN's 2015 Annual Educational Conference in Dallas, Thursday, Oct. 22, to Sunday, Oct. 25. This year's conference will allow you to discover new ways to lead, grow as a neonatal nurse, empower your practice and improve patient care. No matter where you are in your career, you can learn from esteemed leaders dedicated to the field of neonatal nursing. Attendees can chose from 26 concurrent sessions, four interprofessional sessions, five paper sessions, and eight special interest group meetings. This is your opportunity to learn the latest in neonatal care and how to implement these ideas when you return home. A total of 23.5 CNE contact hours and 7.5 pharmacology hours are available at this year's conference. Learn more.
New position statement: Human Milk and Breastfeeding in the NICU
The use of human milk and breastfeeding are essential components in providing optimal health for the critically ill newborn. As the professional voice of neonatal nurses, the NANN encourages all neonatal nurses to provide mothers of critically ill newborns with the education, support, and encouragement needed to provide human milk for their infant. Released in mid-April, "The Use of Human Milk and Breastfeeding in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit" position statement covers five recommendations to facilitate human milk consumption for neonates in the NICU and after hospital discharge. Read more.
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