Journal Article Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Management in California Birth Hospitals: Results of a Statewide Survey
Lisa Clemans-Cope, Nikhil Holla, Henry C. Lee, Allison Shufei Cong, Robert Castro, Lisa Chyi, Angela Huang, Kimá Joy Taylor, Genevieve M. Kenney
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This study assessed management of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in California hospitals to identify potential opportunities to expand the use of best practices. We fielded an internet-based survey to birth hospitals in California. Most respondents reported having a written protocol for managing NAS, but fewer had protocols for pharmacologic management. Newer tools for assessing NAS severity were not common. About half reported using nonpharmacologic strategies. There was scope for increasing breastfeeding, skin-to-skin care, and rooming-in. A concerted statewide effort to facilitate implementation of best practices has strong potential to increase access to evidence-based treatment for these infants and mothers.

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Research Areas Health and health care
Tags State Children's Health Insurance Program Maternal, child, and reproductive health
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