We GUT this! NICU team celebrates initiatives that reduce gastrointestinal disease rates among preemie patients

Front row, from left: Mathieu Jetté, Sandy Ho, Marianna Kagelidis, Thulasie Manivannan, Phoukim Savanh, Sarah Estiverne and Mame-Astou Sakho. From left, rear row: Claudia Cinquino, Marie Garabedian, Oana Ududec, Chloé Décarie-Drolet, Dr. Lajos Kovacs, Dr. Nina Nouraeyan, Emelie Elkrief, and Megan Smith-Morin.
Front row, from left: Mathieu Jetté, Sandy Ho, Marianna Kagelidis, Thulasie Manivannan, Phoukim Savanh, Sarah Estiverne and Mame-Astou Sakho. From left, rear row: Claudia Cinquino, Marie Garabedian, Oana Ududec, Chloé Décarie-Drolet, Dr. Lajos Kovacs, Dr. Nina Nouraeyan, Emelie Elkrief, and Megan Smith-Morin.

Premature infants are susceptible to a gastrointestinal disease that can lead to serious complications. To reduce the rates of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), the multidisciplinary team at the JGH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has introduced several initiatives since 2018, belonging to Evidence-based Practice for Improving Quality (EPIQ).

  

The rates of NEC on the Neonatal Unit have dropped from over seven per cent, to between 1.9 and 2.3 per cent, which falls within the target set by the Canadian Neonatal Network. Incidence of NEC in the JGH NICU are among the lowest in Canada, and is well below the national average.

 

The NICU team celebrated their achievement last week with a poster displaying the various EPIQ initiatives that lowered their unit’s NEC rates. In keeping with the theme, they also enjoyed We GUT This cupcakes!

 

In the photo, the NICU multidisciplinary team, front row, from left: Mathieu Jetté, Sandy Ho, Marianna Kagelidis, Thulasie Manivannan, Phoukim Savanh, Sarah Estiverne and Mame-Astou Sakho. From left, rear row: Claudia Cinquino, Marie Garabedian, Oana Ududec, Chloé Décarie-Drolet, Dr. Lajos Kovacs, Dr. Nina Nouraeyan, Emelie Elkrief, and Megan Smith-Morin.