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Transitioning Newborns From NICU to Home: A Resource Toolkit


This toolkit for hospitals provides information and resources to improve safety when newborns transition home from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Through a Health Coach Program, the toolkit offers coaches, parents, and families information to coordinate care, understand signs and symptoms of illness, manage medicines and immunizations, manage breathing problems, and feeding.

This manual is designed to be customized and adapted for any institution that cares for fragile newborn infants.

Following are the primary components of the toolkit:
  • Tools for hospitals to create a health coach program
  • Tools for health coaches
  • Information packets for families
  • Clinical materials to share with primary care providers

Links to the Tool:
This tool is available at:


Baylor College of Medicine; Texas Children's Hospital; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; University of Texas Houston

Funding Sources

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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  • Release Date: 12/2013
  • Original Summary: 02/2014
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Last updated: April 09, 2014.