PQCNC is recruiting for the Hypoglycemia Expert Team. In ASNS 58 of you statewide (Parents, Pharmacists, Nurses, Practitioners, Docs, Hospital Leaders, DPH folks, Infection Control Specialists) joined to design the aim statement, action plan, and key data elements to be deployed in ASNS. We hope 100 folks will step up to help craft Hypoglycemia!
What’s required? An interest, a willingness to read some basic background evidence, and commitment to try and attend webinars and share your feedback and suggestions either on webinars or via email.
The success of any PQCNC initiative starts with the commitment of an Expert Team that owns the challenge, feels its urgency and relentlessly develops an aim statement, action plan and measures that will lead hospitals to change practice. Be part of the solution. Click here to join the PQCNC Hypoglycemia Expert Team.
Because hypoglycemia is the scourge of nurseries and NICUs. Estimates are hypoglycemia occurs in 5-15% of newborns. There are potential short and long term developmental risk factors. There is uncertainty about what normal glucose levels are in newborns. There are variable treatment algorithms used for its evaluation and treatment. The evaluation of hypoglycemic babies requires separation of mom and baby. This often interrupts skin to skin time, an antagonist to hypoglycemia, and interferes with the establishment of breastfeeding. In the worst cases, intravenous fluids are required often with the newborn completely separated from the mother in a special care area or NICU.
Hypoglycemia offers PQCNC teams, collaborating together, a tremendous opportunity to standardize care within hospitals for this challenging problem, bring Newborn and NICU teams together, limit separation of mother and baby, support breastfeeding, encourage skin to skin care, consider evolving therapies like glucose gel and limit hospital days in the NICU. If we replicate the participation in Hypoglycemia that we have with ASNS, we can potentially impact the care of 5000 babies and mothers statewide. This project screams PQCNC….spreading best practices, partnering with patients and families, and optimizing resources.