Clinical Challenges for CMC
While CMC represent a small portion of all pediatric health care consumers, they have disproportionately high acute care utilization. Patterns of CMC hospital use have also demonstrated substantial vulnerabilities, such as a high risk of hospital readmission, total and preventable adverse events, and unnecessary variation in hospital care.
These children are at a high risk of missed, fragmented and/or inappropriate care. Evidence suggests that CMC have among the highest risk of all children for adverse medical, developmental, psychosocial, and family outcomes.
Preterm Infant Challenges
Due to advances in modern medicine, infants can survive at just 22 weeks gestational age. However, these tiny babies create complex challenges, related to feeding and nutrition, for the clinical teams who care for them.
Delays or Disabilities
Learning how to grow preterm infants has been riddled with complexities and questions for clinical professionals. Our NICUtrition® and NICUbiome™ suite of products address some of the most challenging issues of the NICU.
Congenital Heart Defects Challenges
Providing adequate nutritional support is paramount for critically ill infants with congenital heart defects (CHD), a population at particular risk for malnutrition. Improved nutritional support has been associated with increased survival and reduction in overall morbidity, however challenges of delivering adequate nutrition to these children, including pre- and postoperative factors and the role of enteral and parenteral nutrition remain. Growth impairment is common in infants with CHD, which can influence timing of surgical repair and increase perioperative mortality.
Cerebral Palsy Challenges
Children with cerebral palsy experience extra challenges in their lives with independence and mobility. The initiative to diagnose children in infancy either at high risk for CP or confirmation of CP means they are able to receive services earlier in the most critical time of brain development when synapses are being formed. Therefore, early diagnosis and appropriate early intervention is essential to the overall development of the child. Clinical care pathways provide directional guidance for parents and medical providers to know a step-by-step, evidenced based roadmap the child will need to follow to optimize function and quality of life.
Our NutritionIQ and ComplexCareIQ solutions provide actionable information in real-time, enabling clinical teams to standardize care protocols and personalize treatment plans. By monitoring and analyzing care delivery and providing data for evidence-based decision making, we can improve quality of care and achieve healthier outcomes for our most vulnerable patients.
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