HaysMed Recognized as Center of Excellence in Education and Training for Infants and Families Impacted by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Hays, Kansas – HaysMed, part of the University of Kansas Health System, was recently recognized as a Vermont Oxford Network Center of Excellence in Education and Training for Infants and Families Impacted by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. This recognition was received from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Perinatal Quality Collaborative (KPQC).
The Vermont Oxford Network is a group of more than 1300 hospitals and countless individuals collaborating to improve neonatal care around the world with data-driven quality improvement and research. HaysMed was cited for their dedication to improving care for families and infants at risk for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and exposure to substance use.
NAS is a group of problems that occurs in a newborn who was exposed to opioid drugs for a length of time while in the mother’s womb.
Through NAS education and implementation of standardized care policies, HaysMed has helped Kansas decrease neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admission rates for NAs, transfer rates for observation and treatment of NAs and in the percentage of infants at risk for NAS requiring pharmacologic treatment.