Newly Published Article: Risk-adjusted/neuroprotective care services in the NICU: the elemental role of the neonatal therapist (OT, PT, SLP)

By (Summarized by Sue Ludwig)

Exciting News!

Neonatal therapists from all over the world have been waiting for this information.

If you heard Pattie Bondurant speak at NANT 8, you recall the importance of defining our services by levels of NICU care in order to better align neonatal therapy with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ NICU Verification Program and to establish clarity, not only for therapists, but for the hospitals and NICUs who utilize our specialized services. Additionally, neonatal therapists have been hungry for resources related to provision of services, roles, core knowledge areas, appropriate FTEs, and more.

To that end, “the current article presents a perspective on the role of neonatal therapists—occupational therapists (OT), physical therapists (PT), and speech–language pathologists (SLP)—in the provision of elemental risk-adjusted, neuroprotective care services in the NICU. Recognizing the staffing budget as one of the more difficult challenges hospital department leaders face, the authors present a formula-based approach to address staff allocations for neonatal therapists working in NICU settings.” *The FTE formula utilizes average daily census versus number of NICU beds.

“The manuscript content has been endorsed by the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT), National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), and the National Perinatal Association (NPA).” Thank you to our colleagues at NANN and NPA for taking the time to carefully review and then endorse this content. Your collaboration is meaningful, contributory, and appreciated.

Open Access to the article has been provided. This topic will also be presented by the authors during NANT 10.

Access the enhanced PDF version here: https://rdcu.be/b0Rjq

Access the mobile friendly version here: https://go.nature.com/2GEY3oj

Congratulations Drs. Craig and Smith for this seminal manuscript. We are grateful for your decades of work in this specialty and your ongoing commitment to excellence.

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