How we can help doctors and hospitals feel confident with “breast is best”

Written by Jennifer Lincoln, MD, IBCLC

The term “breast is best” sums up exactly what leading medical organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) believe: babies who receive breast milk as opposed to formula reap substantial benefits.

An increased focus on breastfeeding, as evidenced by more hospitals becoming certified as Baby-Friendly and the Joint Commission Perinatal Care measure tracking exclusive breastfeeding rates in newborn babies, means that the word is getting out about the importance of breast milk.

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was launched in 1991, with the goal of educating maternity staff in hospitals to better support breastfeeding for their moms and babies. This program includes intensive education and training for all maternity staff, and it sets forth guidelines that aim to increase breastfeeding initiation and exclusivity while in the hospital.

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Leveraging Expanded Patient Education Libraries to Meet Clinical Initiatives

The modern hospital and healthcare setting offers many challenges for healthcare providers. They are now tasked with meeting patient education initiatives while simultaneously doing more work on the floor. In addition, they are asked to manage staff time constraints, making it harder than ever to effectively engage patients in understanding their condition and then following up to make sure they are complying with care directives. While this might feel daunting, reliable, integrated patient education tools are designed to help providers and their teams meet these challenges.

Customized patient education solutions that can be integrated into the EMR to streamline the clinical workflow, can help ease this patient education burden. The Wellness Network’s suite of customizable patient education products can help you satisfy clinical initiatives, increase education time, and improve the overall quality of care while streamlining workflow for providers, making it easier than ever to provide high quality, consistent, individualized patient education.

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Newly Expanded Patient Education Libraries

Our patient education libraries are expanding starting June 26, 2017 to include additional patient education resources! This programming is accessible anytime, anywhere and on any Internet enable device. Check out the exciting new programming coming to our libraries later this month:

Quality of Care Library:

Programming designed to inform, empower, and engage patients in the care process.

  • Advance Directives: Making Your Wishes Known – What is an Advance Directive?
  • Advance Directives: Making Your Wishes Known – Types of Advance Directives
  • Advance Directives: Making Your Wishes Known – Organ/Tissue Donation
  • Advance Directives: Making Your Wishes Known – Creating an Advance Directive

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Going full term and avoiding the allure of a scheduled C-section: how to get your patients on board

Written by Jennifer Lincoln, MD, IBCLC

When it comes to delivering babies, there is one thing that everyone can agree on: expecting parents, nurses, obstetricians, midwives, and pediatricians all strive for a healthy mom and a healthy baby.

However, sometimes it can be really hard to wait for that healthy baby. From parents wanting to know exactly when their baby will be born to obstetricians trying to schedule deliveries on the day they are at the hospital in the hopes of increasing patient satisfaction, there are more and more reasons babies are arriving via scheduled inductions or planned C-sections.Going Full Term

While it is certainly true that some babies need to be delivered before their due date, such as for complications related to preeclampsia, growth restriction, or poorly controlled maternal diabetes, more often than not it is completely possible—and in fact, desirable—to play the waiting game when it comes to labor and birth.

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The Link between Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Written by: Joanne Rinker, MS, RD, CDE, LDN, AADE Director of Practice and Content Development

As a diabetes educator, when I think of diabetes complications, I think of kidney, eye, heart and nerve damage. What I don’t think about is hearing loss.THE LINK BETWEEN DIABETES AND HEARING LOSS

In 2012, a colleague brought this to my attention and asked me what screenings I do for people with diabetes (PWD) to determine if they have hearing loss. I thought about it and realized this really was never on my radar and there was nothing in place. Then she asked me to think about how a PWD might feel if they also had trouble hearing. I realized that hearing loss would not only make life more difficult for a PWD but could also lead to depression. For a PWD who is already dealing with the pressures of a very complicated disease, adding hearing impairment to the list can be potentially devastating.

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New Prenatal Patient Education Launching in June 2017 On The Newborn Channel

The Newborn Channel
Delivering essential patient education when and where soon-to-be moms need it most, the Newborn Channel’s Preparing for Baby library helps start baby on the best path to optimal health and wellness. Our comprehensive, clinically accurate patient education solution reaches new and expecting moms throughout their pregnancy and is accessible anytime, anywhere.

With greater pressure to meet Joint Commission standards PC-01 and PC-02, encouraging pregnant women to reach 40 weeks of gestation, we’ve created a new series titled Baby’s Almost Here. This new 3-part series is coming to our online Newborn Channel library in June 2017 and includes the following programs:

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Stop By The Wellness Network Booth 650 at AWHONN 2017

Our team would love to meet you at AWHONN 2017 – the premier event for Obstetric, Neonatal and Women’s Health Nurses – where we have all the fun! Stop by our booth to find out how we help #RNSuperheroes like you deliver essential education to expecting and new moms!

Join the fun at The Wellness Network booth 650:

  • Pick up your #RNSuperheroes button
  • Take a photo in our Superhero photo booth
  • Be entered to win an Apple Watch

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The 2017 ADA Updates on Caring for Patients with Diabetes

Written by: Joanne Rinker, MS, RD, CDE, LDN, AADE Director of Practice and Content Development

If you care for a person with diabetes (PWD), it is important to pay attention to the annually updated standards of care from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The 2017 ADA updates can be found here: Living

This year’s report contains some key updates that will affect caregivers and PWDs who are working to self-manage their disease. Here are some of the highlights:

1. A PWD is an individual! Providers should focus on support that is specific to the PWD’s lifestyle. This means taking into account geography (e.g., urban or rural lifestyle), as well as the food culture and exercise environment in the community. Caretaker recommendations about healthy eating and active living should fit the PWD’s surroundings and available resources! PWDs should be aware of available support from lay health coaches, navigators, or community health workers.

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USPSTF Recommendations and Impact of Video Education

Written by: Jon VanZile, Medical Editor

When It Comes to Reaching Patients, Video Works

As the cost of medical treatment continues to rise, employers, insurers and hospitals are counting on preventive medicine to help reduce treatment costs for expensive chronic diseases.

The problem? Patient compliance. Getting patients to “follow their doctor’s orders”—even when the evidence is overwhelming—is hard enough. According to a recent paper published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, up to 50% of patients don’t take their medications as prescribed. But when the evidence is equivocal and recommendations seem clouded in uncertainty or controversy, it can be nearly impossible.

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Customizable Patient Education

The opportunity to reach patients with education that influences the health of your community starts before they walk through your hospital’s doors. There is no question that the healthcare landscape is changing:

  • hospitals are moving from fee-for-service payments towards value-based care,
  • reimbursements encourage quality outcomes and patient satisfaction, and
  • patients are seeking a more comprehensive healthcare solution that supports their needs throughout all points of care.

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