Leslie Parker’s research focuses on the nutrition of premature infants, with an emphasis on providing breast milk to infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Parker is board certified as a neonatal nurse practitioner by the National Certification Corporation and she has an active practice in the NICU at UF Health.
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UF research refutes routine procedure used on premature babies
The Independent Florida Alligator online
Dr. Leslie Parker, the study’s principal investigator, works as a neonatal nurse practitioner in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UF Health Shands. The procedure, called a gastric residual evaluation, has been in use for decades to measure how much food premature infants are digesting, Parker said, but after the results of the study, UF Health isn’t using the procedure anymore.
UF nursing researcher’s findings upend routine feeding procedure for pre-term infants
University of Florida Health online
“The significance of these findings is that we can omit a routine procedure that is done eight to 12 times a day on extremely pre-term infants taking place in neonatal intensive care units in this country and around the world,” said Leslie Parker, Ph.D., APRN, FAAN, an associate professor at the UF College of Nursing and the principal investigator on the study, recently published in JAMA Pediatrics.
Leslie Parker Named Faculty Mentor of the Year
University of Florida Health online
Clinical Associate Professor Leslie Parker, PhD, APRN (NNP-BC), FAAN, was selected for the University of Florida Undergraduate Faculty Advising/Mentor Award for 2018/2019. In the nomination letter for Parker, Department Chair and Associate Professor Ann Horgas, RN, PhD, FGSA, FAAN, wrote that Parker “engages students in her research, facilitates their ‘ownership’ of their research projects and builds effective research teams.
Decreasing Admissions to the NICUAdvances in Neonatal Care
Evidence supports the need to decrease healthcare costs. One approach may be minimizing use of low-value care by reducing the number of unnecessary neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admissions through the use of official neonatal transition beds.
Effect of Postpartum Depo Medroxyprogesterone Acetate on Lactation in Mothers of Very Low-Birth-Weight InfantsBreastfeeding Medicine
This study examined the effect of postpartum administration of depo medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) on milk production, time to onset of secretory activation, lactation duration, and infant consumption of mother's own milk (MOM) in mothers of preterm very low-birth-weight (VLBW) infants.
Feeding Strategies in Preterm Very Low Birth-Weight Infants: State-of-the-Science Review.Advances in Neonatal Care
Providing enteral feeds to preterm very low birth-weight (VLBW) infants is critical to optimize nutrition, enhance growth, and reduce complications. Protocols guiding feeding practices can improve outcomes, but significant variation exists between institutions, which may limit their utility. To be most effective, protocols should be based on the best available evidence.
Frozen Mother’s Own Milk Can Be Used Effectively to Personalize Donor Human MilkFrontiers in Microbiology
Feeding preterm infants mother’s own milk (MOM) lowers rates of sepsis, decreases necrotizing enterocolitis, and shortens hospital stay. In the absence of freshly expressed MOM, frozen MOM (FMOM) is provided. When MOM is unavailable, preterm infants are often fed pasteurized donor human milk (DHM), rendering it devoid of beneficial bacteria. We have previously reported that when MOM is inoculated into DHM to restore the live microbiota [restored milk (RM)], a similar microbial diversity to MOM can be achieved.
Measures of Lactation Outcomes in Women Delivering Preterm InfantsNursing Research
Mother’s own milk (MOM) is well known to decrease prematurity-related morbidities, yet mothers delivering preterm infants often produce insufficient quantities of milk to provide these benefits. Although a critical need exists for research to support lactation success in this vulnerable population, development and investigation of interventions to increase available MOM for infant consumption requires consistent, valid, and reliable measures of lactation outcomes.
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