Hospital measures help save lives of babies

07/19/2011 | Wall Street Journal, The

U.S. hospitals are employing different strategies to save more lives of preterm babies. For instance, neonatal intensive care units that participated in a nationwide campaign called 100,000 Babies were able to reduce infant death rates after implementing neonatal quality-improvement programs. Joan Rikli, a nurse and director of the neonatal center at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Michigan, says the facility has seen a decline in infections since 2005 following the staff's adoption of practices such as avoiding unnecessary contact with babies and changing tubing every three days.

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