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Volume 15/Issue 2, March 2019

The red hat pathway: reducing avoidable NNU admissions for hypoglycaemia

McGrath J, Simmonds J, Stephenson N, Fox G, Radomska M


Although untreated neonatal hypoglycaemia may be a cause of long-term harm, anticipatory management of at-risk babies (eg with thermoregulation and feeding support) can prevent many unnecessary admissions. Staff at the NNU at Evelina London Children’s Hospital implemented the ‘red hat pathway’ to reduce the number of avoidable NNU admissions for hypoglycaemia by introducing the use of a red knitted hat for babies identified as at increased risk. The project demonstrates that many of these at-risk infants can be successfully managed on the postnatal ward and highlights how a simple intervention can have a significant impact on care delivery.

McGrath J, Simmonds J, Stephenson N, Fox G, Radomska M The red hat pathway: reducing avoidable NNU admissions for hypoglycaemia Infant 2019;15(2): 58-59.
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