Sept 30 - Children’s Specialized Hospital to Host Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Epidemic Symposium

August 11, 2016

Children’s Specialized Hospital is hosting an educational seminar titled “The Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Epidemic: Evidenced Based Recommendations for the Provision of Quality Care” on Friday, September 30 at the hospital’s New Brunswick, NJ location.  Healthcare professionals are invited to attend the full day seminar and hear from experts in the field of treating infant drug dependency that results from maternal substance abuse during pregnancy.   The symposium is $75 per-person which includes breakfast and lunch.  Registration is required by September 15, at http://www.childrens-specialized.org/NASsymposium

Presentations will cover a variety of topics including: understanding addiction, medical detoxification, use of the Finnegan Scale, nutritional and feeding challenges, occupational therapy and sensory variations, care coordination, the role of Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP), a family’s personal story of recovery, clinical outcomes, available support services and a panel discussion.

Full list of topics and presenters:

• The NAS Epidemic: Epidemiology and Physiology of Addiction: Sharon Burke, MD

• Pharmacokinetics of Opioids and Medication Detoxification in Newborns: Sharon Burke, MD

• Using the Modified Finnegan Scale: Elaine Mustacchio, MSN, RN, CRR

• Nutritional Needs for Newborns in Withdrawal: Arti Shah, APN

• The Role of Occupational Therapy in Sensory Modulation in Infants with NAS: Alana Murphy MS OTR/L

• Feeding Therapy for Infants with NAS: Lindsay Lisch MA, CCC-SLP

• Care Coordination: Supporting the Transition Home: Marianne Aiello, CSW

• The Role of the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) Community Supports: Debbie Catanese, CSW

• One Family’s Journey: Candace Symington, former Children’s Specialized Hospital patient family

• Developmental Outcomes in Opioid Exposed Infants: Malia Beckwith, MD

• Panel Discussion: Full list of presenters and Naomi Pickholtz, PhD; Pat O’Hanlon of CSH Family Faculty

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health.   

At the New Brunswick location, PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital, runs one of the tri-state region’s most sophisticated centers for handling cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome. The Neonatal Withdrawal and Rehabilitation Program at Children’s Specialized Hospital treats the most severe cases of infant drug and alcohol dependency that result from maternal substance abuse during pregnancy.  NAS babies are typically underweight. They are born with low birth weight, are prone to seizures and internal bleeding, and they are at risk for a host of mental and physical short- and long-term problems. Wracked by the pain of withdrawal, they are often impossible to console in their agony and suffer tremors, feeding problems, difficulty sleeping, and fever.

Babies at Children’s Specialized Hospital undergo a multi-week program that takes them well beyond what area neonatal intensive care units offer. Children’s Specialized Hospital provides a warm, nurturing environment where babies are given loving care in addition to advanced therapeutic techniques, which combine to improve these infants’ chances of enjoying normal development and a high quality of life.

•          In a stimulating environment with caring professionals, babies are gradually weaned off opiates like heroin and methadone.

•          With the aid of an aquatic pool, toys, and soothing attention, babies’ musculature and motor skills are strengthened, and their drug-induced disorientation is replaced with the healthy, bubbling curiosity of a normal infant.

•          Therapeutic techniques pioneered by CSH include portable ventilators that help transition children to independent breathing and electro-stimulation that shows NAS babies how to use their oral muscles to feed properly.

For more information and to register by September 15, 2016, please visit http://www.childrens-specialized.org/NASsymposium

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. At thirteen different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and effective...so children can achieve more of their goals.  To help, or find more information: call 888-CHILDRENS; visit www.childrens-specialized.org; Facebook: www.facebook.com/childrensspecialized; Twitter: www.twitter.com/childrensspecnj; YouTube: www.youtube.com/cshnj; LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/children's-specialized-hospital