Drug Testing for Expecting Mothers
The Greater Cincinnati Hospital Council reports the number of drug dependent babies being born in the region tripled from 2009 through 2012. The figure was 11 per 1,000 births in 2009 and 36 per 1,000 births in 2012. Ohio Gov. John Kasich became so concerned about the numbers that he asked the six children’s hospitals in the state to develop solutions and share best practices.
The result for Greater Cincinnati was the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Initiative. Voluntary universal drug testing will be done on expectant mothers at the time of delivery to identify the babies that might go into withdrawal in the days after they’re born.
The initiative is designed to save costs by reducing the amount of time a baby stays in the hospital, according to Dr. Vivek Narendran, Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UC Medical Center.
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