Medela Neonatal Perspectives

Neonatal Gastrointestinal Tube Use and Management

Sandra Sundquist Beauman, MSN, RNC-NIC / February 2018

Initial feedings in the NICU are often via an oral or nasal gastric tube. This method of feeding can go on for weeks for most infants. The scientific evidence supporting practices around this common procedure is minimal. Most practices are supported by evidence from the adult and pediatric populations. Neonatal gastrointestinal tubes Gastrointestinal tubes are… Read More about “Neonatal Gastrointestinal Tube Use and Management”

4 Signs a Premature Infant is Ready to Breastfeed

Jenny Murray, BSN, RN / February 2018

When it comes to NICU patient discharge, there is one final process that must happen. Fast forward through the obvious critical stages of an infant’s stay in the NICU. Breathing has stabilized, the arterial line has been discontinued. Now there remains one major obstacle prior to discharge: feeding. Premature infant breastfeeding readiness Premature infants develop… Read More about “4 Signs a Premature Infant is Ready to Breastfeed”

In-Hospital Lactation Assistance: The Opportunity to Get It Right

Irene Murphy Zoppi, RN, MSN, IBCLC / February 2018

By now, every health care provider and parent in America has heard the news that breastfeeding is best for babies. Human milk is the best and safest nutrition for all babies, and new families want to do what is best for their infants. Yet many families encounter challenging situations that complicate their breastfeeding journeys. Many… Read More about “In-Hospital Lactation Assistance: The Opportunity to Get It Right”

ENFit Solutions for Pharmacy and NICU/Pediatric Clinicians

Kathy Quellen, RN, BSN / January 2018

ENFit is moving forward across the United States. The NICU/pediatric and pharmacy areas will be impacted by the new design, including medication administration. Undoubtedly, this makes clinicians concerned. But solutions are available. These solutions will make everyone satisfied in all areas – including the NICU and their smallest of patients. ENFit background The ENFit connector… Read More about “ENFit Solutions for Pharmacy and NICU/Pediatric Clinicians”

Nursing Satisfaction, Part 1: Strategies for Improvement

Patrice Hatcher, MBA, BSN, RNC-NIC / January 2018

My post this month is inspired by comments and feedback generated from previous blogs about patient satisfaction. It was not only the sheer number of comments that struck me, but also the passion in them that speaks directly to me as a clinical professional. I personally (100%) agree: nursing satisfaction is essential for patient satisfaction.… Read More about “Nursing Satisfaction, Part 1: Strategies for Improvement”

Gastrointestinal Structure and Function

Sandra Sundquist Beauman, MSN, RNC-NIC / January 2018

Nutrition is one of the most basic needs of an infant. Many infants admitted to the NICU come for respiratory illness and other conditions, but all must be able to tolerate enteral nutrition before discharge. Most are required to take feedings via breast or bottle prior to discharge. The development of the gastrointestinal tract is… Read More about “Gastrointestinal Structure and Function”

What ENFit Means for NICU and Pharmacy

Kathy Quellen, RN, BSN / December 2017

Hospitals across the country are moving forward with implementing the industry recommended ENFit enteral feeding connector design. Has your hospital been looking at this solution? Here is a quick reminder of the changes the ENFit connector provides: Male/Female connections are switched It is a locking system Color is not mandated   ENFit in the NICU… Read More about “What ENFit Means for NICU and Pharmacy”