211. Improved Neonatal Patient Outcomes Through Exclusive Human Milk Feeds-001-11-30T00:00:00+00:00

211. Improved Neonatal Patient Outcomes Through Exclusive Human Milk Feeds

Monday, October 22
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: 143 ABC
CE: 1.5
Level 3 – Advanced
Activity Code: 141318

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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

Performance Indicator:

  • 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

  • Session Speaker(s)

  • Eva Delaney, RDN, CNSC

    Pediatric Nutritionist

    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