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Transitioning Newborns from NICU to Home | Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)

Transitioning Newborns from NICU to Home | Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)

Toolkit Designed to Improve Safety of Fragile Newborns

A new toolkit is available to help improve the safety of infants born preterm or with complex congenital conditions as they transition from the neonatal intensive care unit to their home. Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the toolkit features information on how to create a Health Coach Program, where the “Health Coach” serves as a teacher and facilitator who encourages open communication with the parents/caregivers to identify their needs and concerns and facilitates follow up care for the infant by primary care providers. As an online product, the Health Coach Program can customize a broad range of information for each family based on their needs and concerns. Included are approximately 30 fact sheets, directed to either the clinician or the infant’s family, on topics that range from medications to breastfeeding to insurance coverage tips. For your free copy of the toolkit,

  • Publication # 12(14)-0054-EF
Cover of the NICU Toolkit

Transitioning Newborns from NICU to Home

A Resource Toolkit

This toolkit includes resources for hospitals that wish to improve safety when newborns transition home from their neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) by creating a Health Coach Program, tools for coaches, and information for parents and families of newborns who have spent time in the NICU.

Infants born preterm or with complex congenital conditions are surviving to discharge in growing numbers and often require significant monitoring and coordination of care in the ambulatory setting.

This manual is designed to be adapted for any institution that cares for fragile newborn infants.

Health Coaches who want to print materials to create customized Family Information Packets should select PDF files for the Cover Page and each relevant topic. These fact sheets can then be assembled into a packet for each family.



This resource toolkit was created through collaborative efforts and partnerships among teams of investigators working on the "Safe Passages" project at Baylor College of Medicine; Texas Children’s Hospital; Texas Children’s Health Plan; University of Texas Houston; and the Veteran Affairs Hospital’s doctors, local researchers, nurses, and hospital staff.

The Safe Passages team acknowledges the support of our strong team of investigators: Virginia A. Moyer, M.D., M.P.H.; Lucille A. Papile, M.D.; Eric Eichenwald, M.D.; Jochen Profit, M.D., M.P.H.; Charleta Guillory, M.D.; Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H.; P. Adam Kelly, Ph.D., M.B.A.; Myrna Khan, Ph.D.; and Eric Thomas, M.D., M.P.H.; Clinical Specialist Bonnie Magliaro, M.S., R.N., C.S.; Research Assistant Amanda Vega, B.A.; and Health Coach and Sr. Project Manager Ekiria Collins, M.S.E.

Funding was provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Grant Number R18HSO17889-01.
Current as of December 2013
Internet Citation: Transitioning Newborns from NICU to Home: A Resource Toolkit. December 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/hospital/nicu_toolkit/index.html

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