News briefs – Oct. 8

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STUDY SHOWS BABIES BORN EXTREMELY PREMATURE MAY BENEFIT FROM PROACTIVE, COORDINATED CARE AMONG FAMILIES, OBSTETRICIANS, NEONATOLOGISTS – Denise Foyle had been pregnant for just 23 weeks when she gave birth to her daughter, Bryn. She weighed one pound and three ounces, and measured only 12 inches long.

“If you saw Bryn today at age two, other than her being a little small, you would have no idea that she was fighting for her life in the neonatal intensive care unit for more than five months,” said Denise Foyle. “She’s a normal preschooler who dances and knows her ABCs.”

According to clinician-scientists at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, there are striking differences across U.S. hospitals in the decision to initiate or withhold treatment at 23 weeks of gestation. The researchers’ new retrospective study, published online today in Obstetrics & Gynecology, looked at 101 infants born at 23 weeks gestation between 2004 and 2013 who received comprehensive perinatal and neonatal care. Sixty infants survived to hospital discharge and more than half of the survivors evaluated at 18 to 22 months had little to no neurological complications.

“Our collaborative team at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University are committed to providing the best possible care and counseling of families facing the birth of a premature infant. This study is a small step forward in providing parents with more accurate information to help them make informed decisions about the care of their child,” said Carl Backes, MD , a neonatologist and cardiologist at Nationwide Children’s. “The goal of our team at Nationwide Children’s and The Ohio State University is to provide the best care possible, and we believe that starts with optimize care and counseling of families facing the birth of extremely premature neonates.”

The study looked at multiple interventions that can affect outcomes from both obstetrical and neonatal perspectives, including prenatal care, preterm labor, preterm premature rupture of membranes, surfactants in the delivery room and prolonged intubation sequences, to name a few.

“The goal of our care team for births at 23 week, whether anticipated or imminent, is to support families by supporting shared decision-making between families and health care providers,” said Stacy Beck, MD, maternal fetal medicine physician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “From an obstetrician perspective, when prenatal counseling is possible, we can improve the efficiency of care in the delivery room for these babies born extremely premature.”

TIFFIN TO HOST CYBERSECURITY EVENT – Tiffin University announced that it will be the host for the 2015 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Conference for the Great Lakes Region on October 22 and 23, 2015. More than 100 educators from the US and Canada are expected to attend. The two-day conference will feature TU alumna Lynn Child as the keynote speaker.

Child (photo attached) is the chair and president of IT security firm CentraComm Communications and CEO of web and app development company Aardvaark. Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz will also discuss town-gown relationships, and there will be several sessions on classroom effectiveness.

Established in 1988, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is an organization that validates the quality of university business education; and it is the only one globally that accredits business degree programs at all levels, from associate to doctorate. There are currently 1,320 member campuses from 59 different countries. The Great Lakes Region of the ACBSP includes colleges in Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Canada.

In noting the selection of the conference location, ACBSP President and CEO Jeffrey Alderman praised Tiffin University, remarking “the university continues to distinguish itself as a leader and innovator for business education and has maintained ACBSP accreditation of its business programs since 1996. We are truly honored they are serving as the host for this year’s Great Lakes Region conference.”

HUSTED CALLS FOR NEW PROTECTIONS FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, joined by victims’ advocates and members of the Ohio House and Ohio Senate, announced a legislative effort to establish an address confidentiality program in Ohio to provide stronger protections for the victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual battery and other violent crimes.

House Bill 359 sponsored by State Representatives Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) and Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville), and a soon-to-be introduced Senate version, sponsored by State Senators Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) and Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland), would authorize the Secretary of State to shield the personal information of an individual if they have been the victim of domestic violence and believe their attacker may use public information in order to locate them.

“There are places in this world where people are afraid to participate in the political process out of fear for their health and wellbeing – The United States should not be one of those places,” Secretary Husted said. “No Ohioan should ever have to make the decision between their personal safety and their personal freedoms and by giving these victims the opportunity to shield their identity from the voter rolls, we can make it so they never have to make that choice.”

The address a voter uses on their voter registration is, by statute, a public record and logged within their county’s voter rolls and reported to the Secretary of State for inclusion in the Statewide Voter Database. Victims’ advocates report that individuals who have been subject to violent crimes will commonly choose to not register to vote for fear that their attacker may be able to locate and harm them.

“Escaping a violent relationship is a dangerous process and the most dangerous time for victims is when they choose to leave,” Ohio Domestic Violence Network Executive Director Nancy Neylon said. “An address confidentiality program can be a critical component of safety planning for victims who fear further abuse or even lethal retaliation.”

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