March of Dimes’ Kaleidoscope Conference 2010

ExperTox exhibited at the March of Dimes’ Kaleidoscope Conference in Galveston, Texas last week.  This conference is held annually for perinatal and women’s health care nurses, providing an educational platform to help medical professionals improve the quality of care for pregnant mothers, newborns and women of all ages.

We attended to share how ExperTox also contributes to improved newborn care through our STAT meconium drug testing, as well as breast milk testing for drugs and alcohol.  What we found is that many hospital nurses were unaware meconium drug screens could be completed in only 4 hours after specimen receipt  at our Houston area lab, and confirmations within 24 hours. 

So why is meconium drug testing so important to hospitals?  Meconium will contain traces of drugs that the mother may have ingested during the last 20 weeks of her pregnancy.  This information helps doctors and nurses in many ways, including:

  • Determining if special newborn care may be needed for possible drug withdrawal symptoms
  • Determining if the newborn may suffer from behavioral or development issues, or other medical problems
  • Determining whether or not Child Protective Services should become involved in deciding the future care and support for the baby

 The convention center was filled with many caring and supportive nurses, and we felt good that we are able to provide a service that helps them in their mission for quality patient care.  We want to specifically thank Rachelle Nurse, Director, Center For Women’s Health at The Methodist Hospital for recommending the March of Dimes conference to us.  We also want to thank Lois Tracy, Texas Children’s Hospital and Chairman of the Kaleidoscope Planning Committee, for coordinating this event.

Are you interested in helping March of Dimes?  March for Babies is coming up!  Put on your walking shoes this spring to help fight premature births, a leading cause of newborn death.

Carole Kanusky, Clinical Educator, The Family Place, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital

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