Agenda Item Details
Day 2   Saturday Nov 9, 2019
4:45 - 5:45pm
Presentation: Concurrent Session E01 – Cesarean Birth


E01-a Skin-to-Skin During Cesarean Section: From Evidence to Reality



Outline the use of supporting evidence and standards of care to deliver foundational knowledge as a catalyst for change among all stakeholders. Address barriers to change in order to inform policy, procedure and practice development. Influence nursing workflow while ensuring patient safety and achieving patient satisfaction.


Learning Objectives:

Following this session the participants will:

1. Acquire foundational knowledge of the literature and accreditation guidelines surrounding skin-to-skin during caesarean birth.

2. Learn how to overcome potential barriers to implementation of skin-to-skin in the operating room.

3. Understand how to engage a multidisciplinary team and safely institute this practice at their local organization.



Julie Pace, RN, BScN, MSc Health Science Ed, Clinical Leader Women's and Infants' Program, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Cailynn Bateson, RN, BScN, MBA (c), Interim Senior Manager, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Hamilton, ON, Canada


E01-b Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold, Just Right; Achieving Term Newborn Thermoregulation in the Post Anesthetic Care Unit (PACU) with the Use of Hypothermia Blankets



The purpose of this presentation is to describe how a quality improvement project incorporated an intervention, the hypothermia blanket, from another health service to achieve term newborn thermoregulation. The blanket was used during transfer of the mother and newborn from the operating room until discharge from the PACU. The process for using hypothermia blankets, along with current recommended practice will be reviewed. Benefits and limitations of the blankets will be discussed.


Learning Objectives:

1. Review different types of heat loss and how they impact the newborn in the PACU.

2. Rate current strategies for maintaining thermoregulation in the newborn.

3. Describe the process for using the hypothermia blanket in the PACU.



Sue Hermann, MN, RN, IBCLC, PNC(C), CTDP, Advanced Practice Nurse, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada



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