November 16, 2007

“In 2005, the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) Perinatal Advisory Board recommended the S.T.A.B.L.E. Learner Course for HCA clinicians involved in the care of newborns. The goal is to have all staff responsible for stabilization of a newborn attend the course, beginning with the NICU staff, followed by newborn nursery then labor and delivery and post-partum, as appropriate. Recently, many of our Level III NICUs have extended the recommendation to Respiratory Therapists involved in the care of neonates. This recommendation was reinforced at the October 2007 Ad hoc Neonatal and Clinical Workgroup meeting. After receiving feedback from perinatal leaders within HCA, it is apparent clinicians who have completed the STABLE Course have an increased comfort and competency level in the care of a newborn and family, thus improving patient safety. As clinical leaders in perinatal healthcare, we (HCA) have embraced the S.T.A.B.L.E. Program as part of our clinical education.”

Dahna Wright, RN BSN
Perinatal Safety Specialist
Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) Women’s and Children’s Clinical Program
Nashville, Tennessee

October 2006

“The STABLE course is the pre-eminent educational program for pre-NICU and transport team professionals alike on the essentials in the management of unstable neonates awaiting transport and NICU admission.”

Dr. Robert Insoft
Chairman SOTM Executive Committee
American Academy of Pediatrics
Section on Transport Medicine