Purging the Line: Reducing Fat and Nutrition Loss

Patrice Hatcher, MBA, BSN, RNC-NIC / February 2017

Delivering Full Human Milk Nutrition in the NICU: Part 2 of 2 (Read part 1) Human milk is the very best nutrition for all newborn infants, and even more so for very premature and critically ill infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Oftentimes these infants are receiving early nutrition of mother’s own milk… Read More

Avoiding Oral Aversion in the NICU

Sandy Sundquist Beauman, MSN, RNC-NIC / February 2017

Eating is a pleasurable experience for most of us. Many of our favorite social events, holidays, activities, and even TV shows center around it (Chopped and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives are some of my favorites!). Think of your most treasured childhood memories – many involve food, I’m sure. Things like a tasty cookout at the… Read More

Starting with ENFit: What to Consider

Kathy Quellen, RN, BSN / February 2017

If 2016 was not a year for your facility to look at new safety changes surrounding enteral products, such as ENFit connectors, this would be a great time to start. If you have been looking at these changes, this is the year you can really move forward. Many kinks have been worked out from a… Read More

Is Milk Warming a Waste of Time?

Evi Dewhurst / January 2017

Most NICUs warm human milk for enteral delivery. Considering that your unit very likely does the same, I ask you: What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about warming patient feeds? Many NICU professionals we’ve spoken to have similar responses to that question: Those long lines at the warming stations! Sigh…. Read More

Purging the Line: Keeping the ENFit Hub Clean

Patrice Hatcher, MBA, BSN, RNC-NIC / January 2017

Delivering Full Human Milk Nutrition in the NICU (Part 1 of 2) Are you starting to wonder how in the world you are going to keep the new ENFit connector clean? What heroic measures are you going to have to take to keep this new hub from experiencing milk build-up? I have heard the buzz… Read More

Which Feeding Tube is the Right Tube?

Meredyth Thompson, BSN, RN / January 2017

Have you ever gone to the supply room and stood there for several minutes, trying to decide what kind of feeding tube you needed for a particular baby? Or have you ever just grabbed a tube in haste – and later discovered that it was the wrong type of tube? I’ve worked in several NICUs… Read More

Can we stop our kids from going blind in the NICU?

Jae Kim, MD, PhD / January 2017

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) has been a long-time nemesis of neonatology caregivers since uncontrolled oxygen began being delivered to preterm infants more than 50 years ago. Oxygen is a drug and, when given in excess, has a toxicity to the developing, immature eye that can lead to serious vascular changes – and ultimately blindness. There… Read More

Family-Centered Care in the NICU

Sandra Sundquist Beauman, MSN, RNC-NIC / January 2017

Family-centered care has become a buzz word in healthcare. This is important in all areas of healthcare, but particularly in the care of infants and children. What does this mean and what should it mean? I had the good fortune to hear several parents of preemies speak about their experiences at the most recent National… Read More

Oral Care: Good for One, Good for All

Meredyth Thompson, BSN, RN / December 2016

A few months ago, I opened the topic of oral care for the NICU baby. We know that it has long been established as our standard of care for our ELBW and VLBW infants. It was fun to bring a fresh idea to the table to present oral care as immune therapy and spark new… Read More

Oral Care: The Immune Powers of Human Milk

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

Are you using colostrum for oral care in your NICU? There are several studies now related to this procedure. First, this started as a measure to reduce ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) because adult practices to avoid VAP required regular oral care with an antibacterial solution. NICU clinicians did not feel this solution would be safe… Read More