January 2016 Newsletter Article

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With multiple projects in various phases, this is a very exciting time for BORN!

Vitamin K Survey
This study sought perspectives from nursery directors to better understand the scope of the problem regarding refusal of prophylactic intramuscular (IM) Vitamin K in newborns in the United States. We received over a 90% response rate from BORN member nurseries! Thank you for your input and enthusiasm! We are currently exploring funding options to translate the results into a one-time medical record review study at BORN sites.

Variation in Care of Opioid- Exposed Newborns
BORN identified Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) as an important issue to address in the next few years. As a first step, we developed a survey to assess the variation in care BORN nurseries are providing. The overall plan is to use the results of this survey for a publication and, more importantly, to inform a study design that directly measures outcomes in NAS babies. This survey is still active, so if your nursery has not yet submitted a response feel free to contact Beth King at for the link and your BORN ID.

Practice Variation in Evaluation of Term Infants at Risk for Early-Onset Sepsis
Early onset sepsis has also been identified as a priority for investigation by BORN members and an area of significant local practice variation. Like the NAS survey, we plan to use the results to support future investigations of how practice variation impacts health outcomes. This survey is a straightforward review of the approaches your nursery is currently using and takes less than 10 minutes. If your nursery hasn't submitted a response yet can resend your practice-specific link.

Thanks to our members for making these projects a success!

Please plan to attend the BORN pre- PAS meeting in Baltimore in the Spring (more details to come). BORN is committed to advancing research driven by the priorities of our members. We will discuss project ideas and help develop your submission for a project proposal at the upcoming annual meeting, so we encourage you to submit ideas now.

Formal proposals can be submitted at any time: BORN Proposal Form

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