Our NICU had conservative feeding advancement guidelines that delayed enteral feeding and prolonged central line use. We aimed to reduce time to full feeds among infants born ≤ 32 0/7 weeks from 12.8 days to 8 days” Chu et al (2019).
Background: There are emerging evidences that support more aggressive feeding advancement among preterm infants. Our NICU had conservative feeding advancement guidelines that delayed enteral feeding and prolonged central line use. We aimed to reduce time to full feeds among infants born ≤ 32 0/7 weeks from 12.8 days to 8 days.
Methods: A multidisciplinary team implemented evidence-based feeding guidelines using quality improvement methods. Days to full enteral feeds, central line days, necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) rates, and extrauterine growth restriction (EUGR) rates were analyzed.
Results: Average days to full enteral feeds decreased from 12.8 to 7.7 days and from 17.5 to 9.1 days for infants born ≤ 32 0/7 weeks and ≤ 28 0/7 weeks respectively, without significant change in NEC rate. Central line days decreased by 35%. Insignificant improvement in EUGR rate was found.
Conclusions: Faster feeding advancement guidelines led to earlier full enteral feeds and reduced central line utilization without increasing complications.
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Chu, S., Procaskey, A., Tripp, S., Naples, M., White, H. and Rhein, L. (2019) Quality improvement initiative to decrease time to full feeds and central line utilization among infants born less than or equal to 32 0/7 weeks through compliance with standardized feeding guidelines. June 14th. Journal of Perinatology. .