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What’s new? Manufacturers Barcode Scanning.

“Should we be scanning breast milk?” “Ok, but what about the fortifiers? And bases for complex formulas? How about ready-to-feeds?” We hear these conversations at NICUs and children’s hospitals often. For some clinical nutrition programs, it’s important to scan a variety of products, in addition to human milk. Two-person administration verifications for maternal and donor … What’s new? Manufacturers Barcode Scanning. Read More »
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How Connecticut Children’s Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

As with most things in 2020, World Breastfeeding Week looked a little different than it usually does. This was no exception at Connecticut Children’s, but they did not let it stop the celebrations. Connecticut Children’s typically partners with Hartford Hospital to have a large party with games, prizes, snacks — many hospitals and speakers attend. … How Connecticut Children’s Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week Read More »
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NEC Awareness Day – May 17, 2020

Breastmilk is a complex mix of bioactive, cellular, and nutritional components that work together to protect and grow vulnerable infants in the NICU. Years of empirical research demonstrate incontrovertible proof that premature infants who receive maternal breastmilk develop fewer infections, have shorter hospital stays, and better long-term outcomes. The biggest challenges premature infants face include … NEC Awareness Day – May 17, 2020 Read More »
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Connecticut Children’s Selects Keriton Kare

Connecticut Children’s has selected Keriton Kare to improve the quality and safety of feeding management at its Hartford and Farmington campuses. Keriton, a provider of applications for NICUs and children’s hospitals, offers comprehensive breast milk, donor milk, and formula management. Keriton is integrated with Connecticut Children’s Epic EMR. “Connecticut Children’s has partnered with Keriton to … Connecticut Children’s Selects Keriton Kare Read More »
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NICU Stories from Moms at Abington-Jefferson Hospital

Over the last year, the NICU at Abington-Jefferson Hospital has been a great customer and partner. I was there recently to discuss a QI project, and had the opportunity to chat with an array of end users who touched the infant feeding management process. That included moms. Here are a couple stories moms shared about … NICU Stories from Moms at Abington-Jefferson Hospital Read More »
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High Ratings For Kare Mom In Both App Stores

Since going live in 2017, the Kare Mom app has received a positive response. Our iOS app rating is 4.8 out of 5 stars (84 ratings), and our Android app rating is 4.9 out of 5 stars (57 ratings), which is especially impressive for a cross-platform app. The Kare Mom app was designed with moms, to overcome the challenges … High Ratings For Kare Mom In Both App Stores Read More »
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WEBINAR: Straight Talk For Infant Safe Sleep

To honor SIDS awareness month, Keriton is partnering with First Candle to provide this free webinar for clinical staff. For those of you not familiar, First Candle is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and preventable Stillbirths by educating caregivers and families … WEBINAR: Straight Talk For Infant Safe Sleep Read More »
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Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding

Last week was World Breastfeeding Week 2019, the first week of National Breastfeeding Month. This year, the WBW theme is empowerment. Have you read about why it was chosen?? If not, take a moment and see below or visit World Aliance for Breastfeeding Action for more details. “The ‘Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding’ was chosen to be inclusive … Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding Read More »
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Nursing Productivity And Efficiency In Milk Management

Keriton Improves Nursing Productivity Keeping it real When it comes to barcoding, it may seem logical to treat breast milk like blood or medication. But the logic quickly fails. How often is blood combined with other bags of blood, then aliquoted specifically per patient before administration? How regularly is a medication frozen, thawed, and dosed … Nursing Productivity And Efficiency In Milk Management Read More »
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Milk Matters: Highlights from the 2019 HMBANA Symposium

A Great Experience at HMBANA! Keriton had the privilege of attending this year’s Human Milk Banking Association of North America’s (HMBANA) semi-annual Milk Matters Symposium. Over 185 Milk Bank professionals representing 28 Milk Banks from the US and Canada convened in Chicago. These milk bank professionals came to speak, to learn, to share. For those … Milk Matters: Highlights from the 2019 HMBANA Symposium Read More »
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Keriton Off To A Fast Start In 2019

In January and February, two additional hospital systems in the Philadelphia area partnered with Keriton to train and go-live using our breast milk, donor milk, and formula feeding management platform. We have trained over 225 new staff on the Keriton Kare platform in the last two months. For each go-live, our team observed and configured … Keriton Off To A Fast Start In 2019 Read More »
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Co-Innovating With Nurses: Why It Creates The Right Solutions

Talking to the Front Line It’s no wondering co-innovating with nurses creates the right solutions. There are 3.2 million nurses working across the U.S., and for the 17th consecutive year, the nursing profession is rated highest for honesty and ethics in Gallup’s annual poll. As the front line of patient care, nursing is intimately tied to … Co-Innovating With Nurses: Why It Creates The Right Solutions Read More »
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Delivering On The 4 Tenets Of Patient- And Family- Centered Care

Patient- and family-centered care is the name of the game in health care. As it should be. If we are not here for our patients and our families, then why are we here? Every interaction we have with our families is a crucial opportunity to improve care outcomes. One of the many questions is: how … Delivering On The 4 Tenets Of Patient- And Family- Centered Care Read More »
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What Is SaaS, And Why You Need It!

If you are not in IT, you may not be familiar with the term Software as a Service (SaaS) yet you are likely using at least one of the thousands of SaaS solutions available. The explosion of SaaS applications has come about in recent years thanks to “Apps” and the subscription model mentality. Do you … What Is SaaS, And Why You Need It! Read More »
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Looking to improve your US News and World Report scorecard? We have an App for that!

Keriton is committed to supporting clinicians to advance practice through safety, collaboration, and innovation. Did you know that breast milk management can affect at least three scoring metrics? You are doing good work. Let’s get the credit. Outcomes and Experience Infant discharge on breastmilk Points for percentage of patients discharged on breastmilk. Points for tracking … Looking to improve your US News and World Report scorecard? We have an App for that! Read More »
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Vendor Victimization and The Drive-By Training

VENDOR SPIEL……SIGN HERE…..ANY QUESTIONS……WAIT WHAT? I cannot count the number of times a vendor has walked into my unit, spent 2 minutes explaining their product, asked for a signature, and then walked out. This made me crazy! Do you have a formal education plan? no. Do you have a competency? no. Are there follow-up educational … Vendor Victimization and The Drive-By Training Read More »
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A Nurse Manager’s Perspective on Breastmilk Safety

NICU baby at Fort Worth hospital fed breast milk from mom with damaging virus – Fox4News Report ℹ️ We all know that the NICU is an intense and complex clinical environment where you are dealing with the most precious of patients. Specifically, the topic of infant feeding management involves some of the most challenging and complicated … A Nurse Manager’s Perspective on Breastmilk Safety Read More »
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Change Management in Healthcare

70% of all change initiatives fail. Why? Because changing human behavior is hard. Newton’s first law of motion dictates that a body at rest will remain at rest (or at least in its uniform motion) unless directly acted upon by another force. You could speculate that change management would have fit right into Sir Isaac … Change Management in Healthcare Read More »
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What’s A Conference Room Pilot?

verb. Conference Room Pilot (CRP) is a term used in software procurement and may be used during the selection and implementation of a software application in an organization. The purpose of the conference room pilot is to validate a software application against the business processes of end-users of the software, by allowing them to carry out … What’s A Conference Room Pilot? Read More »
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A Preemie’s “Breast” Friend: Naomi Bar-Yam

An Interview with the Founder and President of Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast Recently, Keriton’s own clinical expert and lactation consultant – Kelly Convery – had the lucky chance to chat with Naomi Bar-Yam, the president of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) and founder of Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast (MMBNE). MMBNE serves … A Preemie’s “Breast” Friend: Naomi Bar-Yam Read More »
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The Value of Liquid Gold

Prematurity on the Rise A recent report from the March of Dimes confirms the rate of preterm birth is on the rise: now up to 9.8% in 2016 from a rate of 9.6% the previous year. Very-low birthweight infants (VLBWs – infants born < 1500g or 3 pounds 4.9 ounces) are the most expensive patients … The Value of Liquid Gold Read More »
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2017 – Keriton’s Year In Review

“Let us not just create the best feeding management system, let us solve the baseline problem of helping NICU moms improve their pumping outcomes while away from their babies” – was the unanimous response from our development team in Spring 2016. Come Winter 2016, we embarked on an aggressive timeline to deliver not just a … 2017 – Keriton’s Year In Review Read More »
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A Cleaning Protocol for NICU Smartphones

One of the most common questions we receive from clinicians is concern regarding the required use of smartphone devices to run the Keriton platform. The majority of our customers use mobile devices, like smartphones, to run Keriton in the hospital setting. (However, all Keriton’s clinical applications — Kare Mom, Kare Lactation and Kare Tech — … A Cleaning Protocol for NICU Smartphones Read More »
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Why NICUs Deserve A Larger Investment To Support Breastfeeding

Last month the World Health Organization (WHO) – in conjunction with the Global Breastfeeding Collective – released a jarring assessment of the state of breastfeeding prevalence and support internationally. Although the scientific benefits of breast milk are well proven, the WHO report found only 40% of infants less than 6 months old are exclusively breastfed. … Why NICUs Deserve A Larger Investment To Support Breastfeeding Read More »
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Why the final baby-to-bottle scan is insufficient?

When the Institute of Medicine published its groundbreaking report To Err is Human in 2000, patient safety moved to the forefront of healthcare initiatives throughout the US. From instituting electronic medical records in hospitals nation-wide to transitioning to barcode-scanning systems for medication administration, the face of healthcare in 2017 is very different than it was … Why the final baby-to-bottle scan is insufficient? Read More »
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Maximizing Milk Production As A NICU Mom

Pumping milk is hard work as a NICU mom. Here are some strategies to help keep your milk flowing strong! Making Milk When Away from Your Baby The most important thing you can do to start making milk is to pump your breasts early and often! The goal is to pump 8-12x/day. Why pump so often? … Maximizing Milk Production As A NICU Mom Read More »
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