This ECHO is exclusively for birthing hospital teams.
Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), caused by the use of opioids during pregnancy, is especially prevalent in New Jersey. Rates for NAS are on the rise as a result of spikes in drug use during the COVID-19 pandemic. NAS occurs when newborn babies experience withdrawal after being exposed to drugs such as opioids in the womb, according to the CDC. It can be extremely painful and life-threatening if not identified and treated in a timely manner. In New Jersey, there are 6.7 cases of NAS per 1,000 hospital births, according to the most recent data available. (1)
Birthing hospital practice standards for NAS/SEI family-centered care can influence this growing statistic, improve the neonatal hospital stay, and ensure a successful transition of mother and infant from hospital to home.
Learn how to implement best practices, alternative recovery interventions, and to support family formation by using plans of safe care and community resources. Experts in medical and social science will lead a dialogue and working sessions with your peers where you will discuss birthing hospital best practices and current quality improvement implementation. Together we can support an optimal transition from hospital to home to ensure a safe and healthy first year for infants and their families.
(1)Salma Ali, MD, “Fighting to Keep Moms and Babies Safe from Drug Abuse during COVID-10”, NJ Spotlight News, Jan. 19, 2021, OPINION