Robin Underwood, RN-BC, MSN, APRN, clinical nurse specialist of the special care nursery at Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover, Del.; Sue Haddad, RNC-OB, MSN, nurse manager of labor and delivery at Bayhealth; and Melody Wireman, RNC-OB, MSN, APRN, clinical nurse specialist of labor and delivery and womens services at Bayhealth, presented a winning poster at the Association of Womens Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses national convention in June in Nashville, Tenn.
The poster, Second Shift Holiday Neonatal Code: A Recipe for Stress, was determined to be the outstanding poster in the Case Conference category.
We are doing unique things here at Bayhealth as we look to solve problems and provide excellent patient care, Underwood said in a news release. It is a true honor that we were recognized for improving our response to neonatal codes.
Haddad, Underwood, and Wireman worked together to create a poster and accompanying brochure describing the pressures and stress that can accompany a complicated emergency delivery and neonatal code.
The Bayhealth poster was honored in a ceremony at the conference. Haddad and Wireman accepted an award onstage.
Underwood also is heading a new group in womens and childrens services, the Neonatal Emergency Management Organization, which will work toward improving neonatal patient safety and facilitating response team effectiveness during neonatal codes. Strategies will include routine mock neonatal code drills; reviews of existing neonatal code processes and recommendations for changes; and the development of innovative processes that will impact neonatal outcomes.
One such initiative was revamping the neonatal emergency box. At one time containing more than 350 line items that required 2.5 hours to stock and inventory, the new box contains six bags of supplies, clearly labeled with contents and quantity.