Eat, Sleep, Console Toolkit

Evidence Based Practice

The ESC method’s sole principle is that the treatment of the infant (both non-pharm and pharmacologic treatment) should be based on infant function and comfort, rather than reducing signs and symptoms of withdrawal. The ESC Care Tool only documents items key to the functioning of the infant – specifically, the infant’s ability to eat effectively, sleep, and be consoled within a reasonable amount of time.

Recent studies show that the ESC method:

  • Supports infants and mothers rooming-in together during infant hospitalization
  • Focuses on non-pharmacologic treatments
  • Increases breastfeeding rates
  • Decreases pharmacologic treatment and duration of treatment
  • Decreases the average length of stay (LOS)

Developed by a collaborative effort between faculty at Yale, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and Boston Medical Center

Webinars/Videos

American Academy of Pediatrics Webinar

Novel Tools for Caring for Infants with NAS: The Eat, Sleep, Console Experience

Evidence Based Practice Brief – Eat, Sleep, Console

Eat, Sleep, Console – Carillion Roanoke

ESC Transitional Nursery Video

Eat Sleep Console VCU Children’s Hospital

Slide Deck

Eat Sleep Console Instruction Manual

Eating, Sleeping, Consoling (ESC) Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Care Tool

Instruction Manual

Forms/Assessments/Checklists

Eat, Sleep, Console functional assessment, IRR Tool and Newborn Care Diary

Eating, Sleeping, Consoling (ESC) Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Care Tool

Instruction Manual