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CDC Study Shows Modest Development In Best Hospital Breastfeeding Policy

Novel research from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) demonstrated modest development in the best hospital breastfeeding policy. It included the 2009–2015 data. Over 2 times as many hospitals have a standard breastfeeding policy and growth in the early beginning for breastfeeding and restrictions on non-breast milk feeds of breastfed babies. Despite an almost 4 times growth in the hospitals’ percentage not getting complimentary infant formula, over 70% still do, as per the research available in the journal Breastfeeding Medicine.

Daurice Grossniklaus, Ph.D., Med., and Jennifer Nelson, M.D., MPH, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC, Atlanta, GA, co-authored the article named “Trends in Hospital Breastfeeding Policies in the United States from 2009–2015: Results from the mPINC Survey.” The scientists evaluated records from the mPINC (Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care) survey on hospital-based breastfeeding-linked practices and policies. These included the presence of a standard policy on breastfeeding and individual parts of a policy. It as well included how the policy conversed to hospital employees.

On a similar note, a major test of hospital cleaning practices in about 11 hospitals from Australia has made major decreases in healthcare-linked infections and showed cost-benefits. The research is named as “An environmental cleaning bundle and healthcare-associated infection in hospitals (REACH): a multi-center randomized trial.” This study was headed by Professor Nick Graves, AusHSI (Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation), IHBI (Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation). It can be accessed in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases. It was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Professor Graves proclaimed that the latest research project is supposed to be the biggest prospective, multifactorial, and multi-site test of hospital cleaning globally. He added that the basic aim was to study whether a change in cleaning practices was effectual in minimizing the 165,000 healthcare-linked infections in Australia every year.

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