Study finds narcotic medication use during pregnancy
A study of more than 112,000 women enrolled in the Tennessee Medicaid program showed approximately 28% had gotten a prescription filled for at least one narcotic pain medication, researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. Vanderbilt University neonatologist Dr. Stephen Patrick said neonatal abstinence syndrome linked to narcotic use by pregnant women leads to longer and more complicated birth hospitalizations. HealthDay News
Survey: More EDs are prepared for pediatric care
A study in JAMA Pediatrics shows improvement in emergency departments' preparedness for young patients following a push to improve pediatric emergency care. Surveyed hospitals achieved an average readiness score of 69% in 2013, compared with 55% 10 years earlier, according to the study, which looked at whether facilities have the appropriate staff, space and equipment to provide optimal care to children. The study also found about 48% of hospitals had doctors serving as care coordinators for pediatric ED patients, compared with 18% 10 years earlier. About 60% said their facility had a nurse in that role, compared with 12% earlier. Reuters
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