Caroline Steele, CHOC’s director of the Clinical Nutrition and Lactation Services Department, recently announced the book she co-authored with registered dietitian Katherine Bennett received a 2019 Hermes Creative Award. The book, Infant and Pediatric Feedings: Guidelines for Preparation of Human Milk and Formula in Health Care Facilities (third edition), was given Platinum award status—the highest distinction given by the group for excellence in concept, writing and design. We chatted with Caroline about the honor and about what makes this new edition of the book such a valuable read for providers.
Q: What inspired you to co-author a book on the topic of milk and formula preparation guidelines in healthcare facilities?
A: Over the past 20 years, I have conducted and published many research studies specifically looking at patient safety and outcomes related to centralized handling of human milk and formula within the hospital setting. I was an author on the second edition of this publication. Therefore, when the opportunity arose to be the co-editor and author on the third edition, I jumped at it!
Q: What are some important themes providers can expect to learn about in the book?
A: There are really three predominant themes in the publication. First is that the location of infant/pediatric feeding preparation is critical to prevent contamination. Second, use of dedicated technicians improves safety and accuracy. Third, the use of technology can reduce risk of human error during both preparation of feedings and administering feedings to the patient.
Q: Can you hint at some of the new research topics covered in the third edition?
A: In this edition, we included new chapters on lactoengineering and the use of blenderized tube feedings. We also provided expanded information on use of donor human milk and milk products as well as modular enteral ingredients.
Q: How does it feel to be recognized with this award?
A: This award was a great honor and one outside my normal realm of nutrition! The award is granted as platinum, gold or honorable mention. We are thrilled that we received a platinum award, meaning that our book scored 90 to 100 on a scale of 100!
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about the book?
A: Infant and Pediatric Feedings is the most comprehensive resource for all things related to feeding preparation. I use my own copy all the time!
Q: How can people order a physical or digital copy?
A: This may be purchased from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Eat Right Store website.