Practices in NICUs vary widely, particularly when clinical decisions involve complex tasks and multiple disciplines, which occurs with feeding preterm infants. Neonatal feeding difficulties in preterm infants often lead to prolonged tube feeding and therefore lengthened hospital stays. Education and compliance with evidence-based protocols and guidelines are needed on the initiation of feedings and feeding advancement to transform enteral and oral feeding practices and thus reduce practice variation and improve clinical outcomes.
Developing a Quality Improvement Feeding Program for NICU Patients
AUTHOR DISCLOSURES: Ms Osborn and Dr Jadcherla have disclosed no financial relationships relevant to this article. This commentary does not contain a discussion of an unapproved/investigative use of a commercial product/device.
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Erika K. Osborn, Sudarshan R. Jadcherla; Developing a Quality Improvement Feeding Program for NICU Patients. Neoreviews January 2022; 23 (1): e23–e35. https://doi.org/10.1542/neo.23-1-e23
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