211. Improved Neonatal Patient Outcomes Through Exclusive Human Milk Feeds
The University of Virginia’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) published studies showing that fortification of breast milk with human milk-based fortifiers could lead to reduced rates of a variety of conditions and shorter NICU stays. Session speakers will present the literature, share our multidisciplinary action plan and implementation, and their clinical outcomes, which included reduced length of stay, fewer parenteral nutrition and central line days, reduced ventilator days, and an elimination of surgical necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). They will also review the neutralized cost of product from captured charges and reimbursements.
- Describe clinical benefits to implementing exclusive human milk feeds for infants weight 1250 grams or less.
- Develop practical ideas for implementing a multidisciplinary team to launch an exclusive human milk protocol at their NICU.
- Evaluate the research and the implications for their NICU regarding the exclusive human milk protocol.
Learning Need Codes:
- 5440 – Enteral and parenteral nutrition support (nutritional care)
- 5060 – Neonates (client population)
- 9030 – Outcomes research, cost-benefit analysis
- 11.2.7 Educates project team on nutrition claims using current science and evidence-based literature.
- 12.2.2 Identifies and reviews relevant literature and evidence-based research to create program plans and to justify needs and/or actions.
- 12.5.1 Develops or contributes to an evaluation process and/or cost-benefit analysis to determine the effectiveness and outcomes of the program.
Patti Perks, RDN, MS, CNSC
Neonatal Nutrition Support Dietitian
Morrison’s Healthcare at University of Virginia Children’s Hospital
Eva Delaney, RDN, CNSC
Morrison Healthcare at University of Virginia Children’s Hospital
Jonathan Swanson, MD, MPH
Medical Director for University of Virginia Neonatal ICU, and Chief Quality Officer
Division of Pediatrics at University of Virginia