August 2018

Center for Disease Control (CDC) - 3.6 Million Youth Use Tobacco Products

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, and nearly all tobacco use begins during youth and young adulthood.  According to the CDC tobacco use in middle (grades 6-8) and high (grades 9-12) school age youth have decreased by approximately 20% since 2011; however, estimates that approximately 3.6 million students admit to using a tobacco product in the past 30 days.  E-cigarettes account for the highest tobacco product use in both middle and high school students.




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2018 JCAHO Newborn Performance Measures

The Joint Commission (JCAHO) announed effective January 1, 2019 they will require data collection and reportting for accredited hospitals with at least 300 live births per year for a new Perinatal Care (PC) performance measure - PC-06 Unexpected Complications in Term Newborns.  Hospitals will be required to identify the percentage of infants with unexpected newborn complications in full-term newborns without preexisting conditions.  PC-06 was designed to address a metrics gap in the health outcomes of term infants and gauce adverse outcomes resulting in severe or moderate morbidity in healthy term infants wihtout preexisting conditions.


In January 2018 the Joint Commission approved standards to improve the identification of mothers who are at risk for transmitting infectious disease to their newborns including:  HIV, hepatitis B, group B streptococcus, and syphilis.  Three new Elements of Performance (EP) were added to new requirements:

  • Upon admission to labor and delivery, the mother’s status of the above diseases is documented in the mother’s medical record.

  • If the mother had no prenatal care or the disease status is unknown, testing for the above diseases is performed and the results documented in the mother’s medical record.

  • If the mother tests positive for any of the above diseases when tested in labor and delivery, that information is also documented in the newborn’s medical record after delivery.


As part of the Joint Commission's existing National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) requirement to "use at least two patient identifiers when providing care, treatment, and services" accredited hospitals will be required to use distinct methods of identification for newborns.

  • Distinct naming systems using the mother’s first and last names and the newborn’s gender (i.e., “Smith, Judy Girl” or “Smith, Judy Girl A” and “Smith, Judy Girl B” for multiples). 
  • Standardized practices for identification banding (i.e., two body-site identification and barcoding).
  • Establishing identification-specific communication tools among staff (i.e., visually alerting staff with signage noting newborns with similar names).  

Labor of Love: Reducing Infant Death in Indiana

Labor of Love is a product of the Indiana State Department of Health in cooperation with other organizations. Click here for more information regarding registering for the 2018 Labor of Love Summit.

World Breastfeeding Week - August 1st - 7th

According to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Matrenal and Child Health (MCH) division, breastfeeding protects infants against infectious diseases and has been shown to lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). National estimates suggest that if 90 percent of U.S. babies were breastfed exclusively for six months, nearly 1,000 infant deaths would be prevented. In 2016, 623 Indiana babies died before their 1st birthday. Click here for more information from the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). 

Indiana Hospital Associations (IHA) Conference - Perinatal Substance Use: Supportive Care for Infants, Mothers and Staff


When:  August 29, 2018

Where:  Forum Conference & Events Center, Fishers, Indiana


Register online by Aug. 22 at
Registration Fee: $50 per person, includes lunch
Payment Options: Payments can be made online by credit card. If paying by check, please indicate this payment option online and mail check by Aug. 22. Checks should be made payable to Indiana Hospital Association, 500 N. Meridian St., Suite 250, Indianapolis, IN 46204

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