Nursing makes an essential contribution to patient, nursing workflow, organization and consumer outcomes. The Empirical Outcome Award recognizes a group of nurses who have worked as a team to provide a measurable outcome.
The 2016 Empirical Outcomes Excellence Award has been awarded to the Labor & Delivery Unit and Lactation Services. St. Mary's Hospital for Women and Children Designation as a Baby-Friendly Hospital wouldn't have been possible without the skin to skin contact initiation project. In order to meet Baby-Friendly guidelines, St. Mary's needed to increase skin to skin rates from 65% to 80%. Also, St. Mary's needed to increase the rate of breastfeeding initiation and develop a program to improve prenatal education to mothers on the importance of breastfeeding. Prior to the process change, the work flow was not supportive of early skin to skin contact or breastfeeding initiation. Team members for this project included Labor and Delivery, Lactation, OB physicians and Quality.
Skin to skin contact has been increased from 65% to a consistent rate over 90%. Breastfeeding initiation rates have risen from a baseline of 72.3% to 85.7%. St. Mary's received Baby-Friendly, USA Designation in November 2014. St. Mary's has maintained the practice change with a continued increased trend of breastfeeding initiation. Members of the project recently presented the project for the Magnet surveyors on the re-designated site visit, and an abstract has been submitted to the 2016 Magnet Conference.