Project Term: 24 months; 2015-2017
Grant Amount: $50,000
Through this grant, Kalispell Regional Healthcare’s (KRH) neonatal intensive care unit staff will work with Montana hospitals to develop and implement a standardized protocol to screen for and manage drug withdrawal in newborns. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is a drug withdrawal syndrome that sometimes occurs when infants exposed to opioids and other potentially harmful drugs in utero are delivered. This project will help to establish a strong, consistent approach to NAS among the hospitals that deliver babies in Montana. To accomplish this, KRH will work with other tertiary care hospitals to develop a standardized screening protocol, and then train staff in rural hospitals and work with them to develop and implement consistent policies and procedures for NAS. Second, KRH will develop and pilot a collaborative, multidisciplinary program to provide parents of infants with NAS with support and drug and alcohol counseling while their newborns are hospitalized.