Interprofessional healthcare provider education on neonatal abstinence syndrome
Mary Puchalski, DNP, MS, RNC-NIC, APN, CNS, NNP-BC
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The rapidly increasing incidence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in the U.S. has been identified as a national healthcare crisis. An evidence-based practice change project, “Interprofessional Healthcare Provider Education on NAS” (IHPEN) was designed to implement a protocol to increase consistency in treatment for infants with NAS and provision of healthcare provider education to increase knowledge regarding NAS, as well as sensitivity to the signs and symptoms of withdrawal. The target population included all healthcare providers in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Mother/Baby Unit of a large, urban, not-for-profit perinatal center. The project was developed in response to a need for an organized, structured, systematic, and collaborative approach to assessment and treatment. This need was based on the following observations: (a) increasing numbers of patients admitted to the NICU who were diagnosed with NAS, (b) long lengths of stay for infants with NAS, (c) an inconsistent approach to the pharmacologic treatment and weaning of medications because of a lack of a protocol for infants with NAS, (d) frustration expressed by all neonatal healthcare providers as how to “best” handle infants with NAS, and (e) a need for staff education on the topic of NAS.
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|Keywords||Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome;
Health Care Education
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