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- Joint Commission seeks to prevent newborn misidentification. At the start of 2019, hospitals must implement specific naming conventions to identify newborns under new Joint Commission requirements. Newborn misidentification can lead to babies receiving incorrect procedures, blood, and breast milk.
- Pediatrics group updates prenatal visit guidance. The American Academy of Pediatrics released an update of its guidelines in pediatrics for pediatric prenatal visits during the third trimester to establish a relationship between pediatricians and parents.
- Outpatient pharmacotherapy may not benefit infants with NAS. Babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome who were discharged on outpatient pharmacotherapy had a shorter initial hospital length of stay but longer therapy duration, compared with those who received inpatient pharmacotherapy, researchers reported in The Journal of Pediatrics.