Medical Nutrition Therapy

FNCE 2018

211. Improved Neonatal Patient Outcomes Through Exclusive Human Milk Feeds

Monday, October 22
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 3 - Advanced

The University of Virginia’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) published studies showing that fortification of breast milk with human milk-based fortifiers could lead to reduced rates of a variety of conditions and shorter NICU stays. Session speakers will present the literature, share our multidisciplinary action plan and implementation, and their clinical outcomes, which included reduced length of stay, fewer parenteral nutrition and central line days, reduced ventilator days, and an elimination of surgical necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). They will also review the neutralized cost of product from captured charges and reimbursements.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 5440 - Enteral and parenteral nutrition support (nutritional care)
  • 5060 - Neonates (client population)
  • 9030 - Outcomes research, cost-benefit analysis

Patti Perks, RDN, MS, CNSC

Patti Perks obtained her Bachelors in Nutrition Science from Cornell University and her Masters in Nutrition from James Madison University. She completed her internship in Clinical Dietetics at the University of Virginia Health System. Since 2005 she has worked as the Nutrition Support Specialist in the Neonatal ICU at the University of Virginia Health System. Her focus is the provision of parenteral and enteral nutrition support for high risk premature and term infants and providing staff education. She is a founding board member of the Virginia Neonatal Nutrition Association, a nonprofit that provides educational and networking opportunities for healthcare providers involved in providing infant and pediatric nutrition.

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Patti Perks, RDN, MS, CNSC

Patti Perks obtained her Bachelors in Nutrition Science from Cornell University and her Masters in Nutrition from James Madison University. She completed her internship in Clinical Dietetics at the University of Virginia Health System. Since 2005 she has worked as the Nutrition Support Specialist in the Neonatal ICU at the University of Virginia Health System. Her focus is the provision of parenteral and enteral nutrition support for high risk premature and term infants and providing staff education. She is a founding board member of the Virginia Neonatal Nutrition Association, a nonprofit that provides educational and networking opportunities for healthcare providers involved in providing infant and pediatric nutrition.

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Eva Delaney, RDN, CNSC

Eva Delaney completed her BS in Human Nutrition Foods and Exercise, with a concentration in Dietetics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and completed her dietetic internship at University of Virginia. She currently works as a Pediatric Dietitian in the NICU and the NICU Follow-Up clinic, the Encouragement Feeding Program, and with adolescents and young adults with eating disorders. She also holds positions on multiple committees and leadership boards both within the UVA Health System and in the community including the UVA Women & Children’s Hospital Patient and Family Education Subcommittee, the WIC Medical Advisory Council, the Blue Ridge Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and she is currently the President of the Virginia Neonatal Nutrition Association.

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Jonathan Swanson, MD, MPH

Jonathan Swanson, MD, is the chief quality officer for children's services and the medical director for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). As a neonatologist, Dr. Swanson loves the interactions with parents and families, as well as taking care of sick and premature infants. His research focuses on necrotizing enterocolitis. He is also interested in quality improvement methodology and cost-effective care. In college at Pepperdine University, he found that his love of science pushed him toward a career in medicine. Dr. Swanson completed medical school at the University of Rochester and subsequently completed both his pediatric residency and neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at the University of Virginia. After completing his fellowship, he worked in northern New Jersey until returning to UVA in 2011. He obtained his master’s degree in healthcare quality and safety in 2013 from Thomas Jefferson University.

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