Best Practice Resources
We have a complete library of Best Practice Guides to support our partners as they provide top-quality, safe cleft surgery and other comprehensive care.
All Best Practice Resources
Safety and Quality Protocol
Standards for ensuring safe, high-quality cleft surgery. Select your language below to view the PDF file:
Surgical Safety Checklist for Cleft Lip and Palate
This important resource should be used to ensure safe cleft surgery. Select your language below to view the PDF file:
Information for Parents During Cleft Surgery
Essential information for caregivers about what will happen when their child undergoes cleft surgery.
Protocol for Diagnosis and Treatment of Cleft Lip and Palate
The Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) and Smile Train India have developed a medical protocol for identification and treatment of cleft lip and palate to drive early diagnosis and intervention for children with clefts in India.
Feeding Brochure and Video
Demonstrates effective techniques for breastfeeding a baby with a cleft and introduces safe practices for bottle, spoon, and/or cup feeding.
We have produced a variety of videos on cleft palate speech sounds and effective therapy techniques in partnership with Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City.
Comprehensive Cleft Care Recommended Timeline
The timeline of care details the most common CCC assessments and treatments within ideal patient age ranges from the pre-natal period through adulthood. We recognize not all assessments and treatments are available across our partner hospital network and patients do not always return for consistent services. This timeline is meant to be a reference of what may be ideal as well as a reminder of areas where we must continue to research and innovate.