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Staffing for hospital lactation programs: recommendations from a tertiary care teaching hospital.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17062786     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A retrospective review of data from a lactation program's productivity reports at a large tertiary care teaching hospital (4200 births per year) measured actual hours worked by international board certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs) over a 2-year period, allocated the hours to their respective activities, and developed ratios for optimal IBCLC staffing for each component of service delivered. Optimal IBCLC staffing was calculated as follows: mother/baby inpatient requires 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) per 783 breastfeeding couplets; neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) inpatient requires 1 FTE per 235 infant admits; mother/baby outpatient requires 1 FTE per 1292 breastfeeding couplets discharged; NICU outpatient requires 1 FTE per 818 breastfeeding infants discharged; telephone follow-up requires 1 FTE per 3915 breastfeeding couplets or infants discharged; education requires 0.1 FTE per 1000 deliveries; program development/administration requires 0.1 FTE per 1000 deliveries; and research requires 0.1 to 0.2 FTE total. Using the formulas provided, IBCLC staffing can be calculated for desired services based on patient numbers.
Rebecca Mannel; Robert S Mannel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0890-3344     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hum Lact     Publication Date:  2006 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-10-25     Completed Date:  2006-11-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8709498     Medline TA:  J Hum Lact     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  409-17     Citation Subset:  N    
OU Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding*
Hospitals, Teaching / manpower*
Infant, Newborn
Intensive Care Units, Neonatal / manpower
Neonatal Nursing / manpower*
Nursing Staff, Hospital* / supply & distribution
Postnatal Care / manpower*
Retrospective Studies

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