Medication Monitoring: Safeguard the health of mother and child
Medication and substance use during pregnancy can have major health implications for expectant mothers and newborns. Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) has nearly tripled in the past decade, and newborns diagnosed with NAS are more likely to have trouble breathing, low birth weight, feeding difficulties, and seizures 1,2. When used in conjunction with other universal screening tools, urine drug testing (UDT) may help clinicians proactively assess medication use, misuse and addiction that can result in harm for the mother and the developing fetus. Test results offer an opportunity for patient assessment and education regarding risk for mother and baby.
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