Safe Sleep for Baby Informatics to the rescue This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-SA-NC
Safe Sleep for Baby monitoring and protecting our newest patients Utilizing Informatics to protect our newborns. “Nursing informatics is a specialty that integrates nursing science with information management and analytical sciences. Nurses who specialize in informatics support nurses, consumers, patients, the interprofessional healthcare team and others in their decision making (Laureate Education, 2018).” Having an advanced practice nurse educated in informatics helped our newborn falls decrease significantly. Since the implementation of this staff generated infant fall prevention program, we have experienced more than 11 months without an infant fall (Galuska, 2011).
Review of hypothetical situation I worked over 10 years on an OB floor, and one of the sad realities is there started to be an increase in the post-partum moms falling asleep with baby in the bed with her, or baby falling from mom’s bed to the floor. Hospital beds are not that big, so it can easily happen and a risk of mom crushing the newborn. One of our advance practice nurses started collecting data and found that usually during the night, is when these occurrences were happening. She developed a way to collect data, and enter it into our EMR, and then present that data to our IRB board to have hard proof that we needed extra nursing tech’s on night shift to help monitor the sleeping moms. The night techs would monitor each post-partum mom every hour and make sure both her and baby were practicing “safe sleep”. Her collection of the data and incorporating it into the EMR were vital for us obtaining a better way to keep our patient’s safe. After the techs started hourly monitoring, occurrences of both baby falls
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- Summer '16
- Elvira Phelps
- Nursing, Advanced practice nurse, Unknown Author, Galuska