Safe Handling and Delivery of Infant Nutrition in the NICU

Program Date: December 2015
Continuing Education Units: 1.0 Nurse Contact Hours, 1.0 Dietitian CPEU

Course Objectives:

Part 1: Regulations, Guidelines or Mere Suggestions? Standardization of Infant Feedings in the NICU

  • Describe how the use of centralized breastmilk and formula preparation reduces the risk of contamination.
  • Indicate current regulatory requirements that may impact breastmilk handling practices.
  • List the steps in developing standardized feeding preparation procedures for either centralized or unit based preparation.

Part 2: Whose milk is this & what’s that in it? Safe delivery of infant feedings in the NICU

  • Review standardized feeding preparation procedures for either centralized or unit based preparation.
  • Outline procedures for breastmilk and formula preparation to optimize patient safety.

List 2 methods of ensuring proper identification of breastmilk at each step of the process.

  • CDR Level: 1
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 8040, 7100, 4140, 5060
  • Media Format(s): Audio (English)
  • Run Time: 60 Minutes

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Caroline Steele, MS, RD, CSP, IBCLC

Director, Clinical Nutrition & Lactation
Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Orange, California

Caroline Steele is the Director of Clinical Nutrition at Children's Hospital of Orange County. Caroline is a registered dietitian with over 20 years of experience in pediatric nutrition. She is a Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Caroline was the co-author of the Infection Prevention chapter in the American Dietetic Association book “Infant Feedings: Guidelines for Breastmilk and Formula Preparation in Health Care Facilities.” She has many professional publications including her original research on infant formula contamination published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association in 2008. Caroline has been a frequent lecturer on a range nutrition and lactation topics. Caroline has received several professional awards including the Washington State Dietetic Association awards for Excellence in Clinical Practice in Research in 2003, Recognized Dietitian of the Year in 1997, and Outstanding Dietitian of the Year in 2008 and as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics District VIII Section on Perinatal Medicine Award for Research Excellence in 2007. At this time, Caroline is the chair-elect for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Clinical Nutrition Management Practice Group.


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