Why Is Neonatal Treatment Stuck in the Last Century?

It was the year of the original Blackberry, Napster music downloads and AOL Instant Messaging — all ancient technology by today’s standards. Yet 1998 was the most recent year that the FDA approved more than one drug therapy specifically for newborns. Since that time, there has only been one approved, and it is no longer in production. Almost two decades represents an eternity in the fields of science, medicine and technology. So why don’t we have more and newer drugs to improve survival for newborns?

Read more from Mitchell Goldstein, M.D., Medical Director, National Coalition for Infant Health in Future of Personal Health.

A Victory for NICU Patient Safety

Hospital NICUs are getting an early Christmas present: the ability to opt out on tubing that could put their newborn patients at risk.

The Joint Commission, the nation’s foremost accreditation organization for health care programs, recently confirmed it will not endorse tubing connector technology known as ENFit.  Hailed as a victory for infant safety, the decision comes in response to a letter from the National Coalition for Infant Health that outlined concerns about the ENFit design.

But, what is the ENFit tubing connector? And, why is this a victory for infant safety?


NCfIH Issues Letter to Joint Commission Regarding NICU Tubing Safety Concerns

On behalf of the National Coalition for Infant Health (NCfIH), we are writing to share concerns regarding the ENFit tubing connector design and the safety risks this design poses to neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patients. For these tiny, vulnerable infants, concerns about inaccurate dosing of medications at small volumes must be taken very seriously.

Breastfeeding for two months can cut risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome by half

Babies who are breastfed for at least two months are at a lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) than the ones who aren’t nursed as long, a recent study has found. According to the University of Virginia School of Medicine research, breastfeeding for at least two months cuts a baby’s risk of SIDS almost in half. Previous research said it could cut risk of asthma and benefit the mother’s wellbeing as well.

*** PRESS RELEASE*** Infant Health Summit to Address Infant Transmission of Hepatitis C, NICU Tubing Design Safety and More

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, October 26, the Institute for Patient Access and National Coalition for Infant Health will host the 2017 Infant Health Policy Summit in Washington, DC, to explore patient access and safety issues facing vulnerable infants and their families. The summit will feature keynote remarks by Adam Busby, star of TLC’s “OutDaughtered” and paternal postpartum depression advocate. Experts, including CDR Sarah Schillie, MD, CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis, will discuss the opioid epidemic and subsequent increase in hepatitis C carriers and vertical transmission to babies.