Navigating California Law and ENFit Connectors (in all 50 States)

Evi Dewhurst / September 2016

Improving outcomes and patient safety are top priorities for all hospitals. It’s no surprise that these priorities include using enteral feeding best practices, which reduce the risk of adverse events.  ENFit™ enteral connectors fall solidly within these best practice efforts. This is especially true for the neonatal intensive care unit, where a tiny error can… Read More

Standardization of Warming Infant Feeds: Effect on Outcome

Sandy Sundquist Beauman, MSN, RNC-NIC / September 2016

The benefits of practice standardization in the hospital are well-documented. In the NICU, where vulnerable patients can be affected by the smallest inconsistencies, standardization can have perhaps an even larger impact on patient outcomes. While additional evidence is needed to support specific temperatures at which feeds should be delivered, it is impossible to draw any… Read More

Staying LEAN in Human Milk Warming

Meredyth Thompson, BSN, RN / September 2016

Have you ever counted the number of steps you take in one shift? Have you ever considered how much waste (not trash waste, but process waste) there was in average day of a NICU RN? Have you ever thought, “There has to be a better way”? I know I have certainly considered that question. In… Read More

Waterless Warming Workflow Benefits

Kathy Quellen, RN, BSN / September 2016

Does this picture of a syringe warming in water bring back memories of days gone by in the NICU? Or, does your NICU still look like this? Warming human milk in the NICU has always been a task that is time-consuming for the bedside nurse, and doing it properly – the right amount of time… Read More

Correctly Fitting Breast Shields

Irene Murphy Zoppi, RN, MSN, IBCLC / September 2016

Mothers use breast pumps for many reasons. Most often, mothers pump on a regular basis to provide breast milk for their preterm or hospitalized infants, or when they are working outside of the home.  A mother’s breast pump equipment should help protect her milk volume by optimizing breast emptying, preventing nipple trauma, and providing maximum… Read More

Wrong Route Error in the NICU: Protecting Patients and Practitioners

Kim Flanagan, MSN, CRNP / September 2016

(This article was originally published in the Summer 2016 issue of Neonatal Intensive Care) Introduction Most nurses do not envision their career ending in a horrific incident involving the harm or death of one of their patients.  In fact, most of us live in fear over whether that day could ever come, asking “What if… Read More

Enteral ENFit Syringes: How Will We Safely Give NICU Medications?

Kathy Quellen, RN, BSN / August 2016

I hear this all the time from concerned clinicians at NICUs all over the U.S., and it’s a really valid concern.  The design of the new ENFit™ enteral syringes—where male/female tips are switched and must be locking—was done to make enteral feeding practices safer, easier, and most importantly, to avoid potentially deadly misconnections.  But unforeseen… Read More

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know NICU Enteral Feeding Safety Recommendations?

Patrice Hatcher, MBA, BSN, RNC-NIC / August 2016

Over the past several years, enteral feeding safety has risen to a high level of concern related to misconnections with enteral feeding tubing. In 2014, the Joint Commission put out a call to action that included strategies for managing enteral feeding and decreasing the risk of tubing misconnections. These days we are all very familiar… Read More

The Importance of Using Human Milk for Oral Care

Meredyth Thompson, BSN, RN / August 2016

Human milk for oral care: It has long been a part of our everyday routine, a standard of care for every baby—particularly the very low birth weight (VLBW) or ventilated patient. And yet, at the bedside, it is often easy to overlook this simple task. However, this simple, easy, small thing is quite possibly the… Read More