How to Engage Your Team to Implement Delayed Cord Clamping

Rebecca L. Gams, Kimberly K. Popp, Julianne Cramer, Thomas N. George, Phillip N. Rauk, Samantha A Sommerness, Jane A. Sublette

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Abstract This article describes how a health care team changed practice by implementing delayed cord clamping as standard practice. After administration of a survey to assess clinicians’ knowledge and to discover barriers to this proposed practice change, members of a multidisciplinary committee used the results to create a guideline for delayed cord clamping and a plan for successful implementation. Integral to embedding and sustaining changes in practice was development of the Delivery Room Brief and Debrief Tool and inclusion of the process into nursing guidelines and the electronic health record. Through the use of these tools and teamwork, delayed cord clamping was implemented as standardized practice across six hospitals within this health care system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-498
Number of pages10
JournalNursing for Women's Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2017

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  • change management
  • delayed cord clamping
  • implementation
  • protocol
  • shared vision


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