Using Nitrous oxide
Jacksonville Naval Hospital has begun using nitrous oxide to assist laboring mothers with pain management. Nitrous oxide — sometimes called laughing gas — is a colorless, almost odorless and tasteless gas made for inhalation to provide pain relief and decreased anxiety during childbirth. It has no adverse effect on baby or mother.
The 50-50 mixture of nitrous gas and oxygen is self-administered via a facemask, Patients remain awake and alert; effects are short-lived. Nitrous oxide is not a replacement for regional anesthesia such as epidurals, but can be an effective tool for some women.
The hospital, certified “Baby Friendly” by the World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund, offers classes and resources to help expecting and new parents, which are free for patients giving birth at the hospital. To register for free classes, call (904) 542-2229. To learn more about the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, visit www.babyfriendlyusa.org.
Baptist recognized for bariatrics
Florida Blue has recognized Baptist Center for Bariatrics at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville with a Blue Distinction Center designation in the area of bariatric surgery. To receive the designation, a facility must have earned national accreditations at both the facility level and the bariatric care-specific level.
Baptist Center for Bariatrics is designated as a Bariatric Center of Excellence by the American College of Surgeons and American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation Quality Improvement program.
Bariatric procedures are among the most common elective surgeries in the U.S. There were 179, 000 bariatric operations performed in 2013, according to the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
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