Newborn nursery admission protocol

The newborn nursery protocol will be live starting Tuesday, Jan. 14. This is the result of a process reengineering effort to improve the admission workflow in the newborn nursery.

What does this mean for providers?

Newborn nursery providers will no longer be entering routine newborn orders for well newborn babies, including late preterm infants. This will be done by OB and newborn nursing.

What things are included/not included in the newborn nursing protocol?

The newborn nursing order set includes routine newborn medications, vitals orders, diet orders, bilirubin orders, newborn screening, and newborn weight, head circumference, and length orders.

If indicated, the glucose protocol will also be ordered by nursing as part of the admission protocol.

Newborn cord screen is not part of the order set, and thus will not be ordered as part of nursing admission orders. Please make sure it is ordered if indicated. Antibiotics will not be ordered by nursing.

Which babies are excluded from the admission protocol?

Newborns in a transition bed and newborns in respiratory distress needing provider evaluation.

More information

Questions? Email Guru Bhoojhawon, MD, (guru-bhoojhawon@uiowa.edu) or Kelly Wood, MD (kelly-wood@uiowa.edu).