The March Newsletter is Here!
You could win a trip to the 2020 AWHONN Convention!
This year, we're putting YOU in the spotlight. AWHONN is a place for learning, not just from journals and lectures, but from each other. That's why we're reaching out to YOU. We know that each of our members is a well of information, experience, and advice. From new grads to seasoned veterans, we could all learn from each other. So we've put together a little Member Spotlight contest. Nominate a colleague or yourself to be entered in a drawing for a trip to the 2020 AWHONN Convention in Phoenix, AZ.
Women's Health Update
Every year, in the United States, almost 4.8 million hospital patients suffer serious harm that is preventable. A 2017 survey of 2,536 people revealed that 21% of respondents had personally experienced a medical error, while 31% reported that someone else whose cared they had been involved with had experienced an error (Clapper, Merlino, & Stockmeier, 2019). Despite the landmark Institute of Medicine 1999 report To Error is Human the number of deaths due to errors and omissions in healthcare are still high despite safety improvement work by many healthcare systems.
Newborn blood spot screening is a public health program that is carried out in every state and many countries worldwide. Since infants with the screened-for conditions often appear normal at birth, early detection and intervention is critical to help prevent the development of impairments such as mental disability and neurological deficits, delayed physical growth, severe illness, and death. The OHA NBS manual (71 pages!) covering the processes, rules and regulations governing blood spot screening has been updated (effective January 2019), and includes NEW recommendations, information about the conditions, and tips on specimen collection.