Presentation Information

Jola Berkman

Implementing Eat Sleep Console: Improving Outcomes for Substance Exposed Infants

  • Speaker: Jola Berkman , RN, BSN, BSc(med)Hons, M.Ed (ALGC)
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME

Worldwide, the use of illicit substances is increasing, including in the pregnant population. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome is an unintended consequence of this phenomenon. Recently, several institutions adopted a novel approach to managing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, focusing on functional assessments and supporting the newborn exposed to substances to achieve normal eating, sleeping, consoling, and weight gain milestones.

Peer-reviewed studies strongly suggest that this new model of care decreases the length of stay in the hospital and the need for medical management for withdrawal symptoms with no documented short-term adverse effects. Learn more about the components of the the Eat, Sleep and Console Assessment and the reasoning behind them and how to approach changing the model of care in your own unit.