The rate of Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS), also known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), has been increasing over the past decade nationally. The aim of this toolkit is to provide healthcare staff with a straightforward manual of care that they can use as a reference to manage infants with NOWS. This may be particularly useful when infants with NOWS are not commonly managed at their institution. Our hope is that by providing easy to use evidence-based guidelines, the quality and equity of care for infants with NOWS will improve.
This document includes background information, training suggestions at the institutional and staff level, diagnosis and monitoring recommendations, management practices, discharge information, and example protocols from California hospitals.
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