RCP e-News February 2022

RCP is Open for Business - The Reproductive Care Program of Nova Scotia (RCP) continues to provide practice support to NS care providers. RCP staff members have begun hybrid working arrangements; with a combination of working both in-office and at home. As usual, RCP will respond to your inquiries. Currently, e-mail and our contact us page are the most efficient ways to reach us.

RCP Webinars: – RCP offers webinar education on a variety of perinatal topics appealing to care providers working in all areas of maternal and newborn health. Previously recorded webinars can be accessed and viewed at your leisure on the RCP website.

The most recent recording posted is the Importance of Offering and Supporting Informed Choice in Obstetrics and Gynaecology webinar.

New Practice Resource – RCP has developed a new evidence informed practice resource - Antenatal Anemia and Iron Deficiency Screening/Treatment Algorithm. The resource will provide prenatal care providers with screening and treatment guidance for anemia in pregnancy. The algorithm distinguishes between the types of anemia that may be encountered, presents the health professional with the most appropriate treatment options, and provides recommendations for follow-up assessments. The resource is posted on the RCP website.

Watch the RCP website for details regarding topics, learning objectives and registration information for future sessions. Suggestions for future topics are always welcomed. Please send your suggestions via the RCP email: rcp@iwk.nshealth.ca 

Breastfeeding Grand Rounds - Join an informative session with Nova Scotia researcher, Brittany Benoit, PhD, RN. Brittany who will share recent evidence about the barriers and facilitators to implementing the Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI). The session will be via Microsoft Teams on Thursday, March 3rd 2pm-3pm. Click here to join. The session will be recorded for later viewing. Feel free to share widely!

PHAC Urges COVID-19 Vaccination During Pregnancy - The Public Health Agency of Canada's Vaccine Confidence InfoBulletin - Issue 9 for January 2022 features an article entitled "COVID-19 vaccination urged for people who are pregnant".

Safe Administration of Oxytocin Guidelines- In 2019 the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health (PCMCH) developed the Safe Administration of Oxytocin guideline report. It outlines best practice recommendations for the safe management of pregnant patients whose labour is induced or augmented with the medication, oxytocin. The objective of the report is to reduce the risk of misuse and/or mismanagement of oxytocin by addressing risk factors that have contributed to common errors in its administration.

To support implementation of these best practice recommendations an Safe Administration of Oxytocin Implementation Toolkit has been created. This toolkit is intended to support hospitals in identifying which best practice recommendations to prioritize and implement. It aims to support implementation by providing tools that can be applied in practice, bridging identified gaps and enhancing safety when administering oxytocin. Please join PCMH virtually on March 7, 2022 from 12 – 1 p.m. to learn about the application of the best practice recommendations and tools into clinical practice. Register in advance: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IB-cUJgqQpWMM-VLRGL1WQ

WHO/UNICEF Breastfeeding Report – WHO/UNICEF has launched a live stream to introduce their latest report: How the marketing of formula milk influences our decisions on infant feeding. This report (the largest of its kind) draws on interviews with parents, pregnant women and health workers in eight countries. It uncovers systematic and unethical marketing strategies used by the formula milk industry – now worth a staggering US$55 billion – to influence parents’ infant feeding decisions. Links to resources have been included for use and/or sharing among your networks:

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Recent Publications of Interest – Several publications have been recently released and are now available for your review. The titles with links have been provided below for your information and reading enjoyment:

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