Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) occurs when a newborn is suffering from drug withdrawal after being exposed to potent substances in utero. Saint Francis Medical Center recently hosted a symposium in Miner, Mo. for physicians and other healthcare providers on how to care for these babies and their families.
“Many of the babies we see in our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) were exposed to substances in utero,” says Alan R. Barnette, MD, FAAP, neonatologist at Saint Francis. “By using a multidisciplinary approach with parents, therapists, nurses, physicians and volunteers, we have been able to dramatically reduce the number of days they spend in our hospital.”
Saint Francis received a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health to host the symposium. “The grant enabled us to share our experiences and knowledge with other providers in the area,” says Barnette.
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