Ohio's babies born exposed to opioids doing better thanks to new medical efforts


Ohio infants born exposed to opioids have better outcomes as a result of an initiative to improve their care in hospitals.

The Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative announced Monday the results of a four-year improvement effort at 54 neonatal intensive care units in the state, including units in nine Cincinnati area hospitals.

During that time, the caregivers from all the hospitals shared their best practices for babies born dependent on opioids. Teams of experts including doctors, nurses, pharmacists and an addiction specialist collected data about how infants responded to these practices and altered care to figure out best results.