Over the following weeks, doses are gradually decreased to wean babies off the drugs. Since adopting the morphine
protocol, the average hospital stay for
these infants has decreased by several days, now averaging 24 days.
As East Tennessee Children's Hospital continues to treat these defenseless drug-dependent babies and chip away at the underlying causes of drug abuse through education and proper medical care, Buchheit admits that the future for these newborns with NAS is uncertain.