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Volume 16/Issue 5, September 2020

A structured approach to facilitate the reintroduction of parents in transport during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

Sarah Rattigan, Rachel Perry, Sajeev Job

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, transport teams ceased taking parents with them on neonatal transfers except in exceptional circumstances. With the easing of lockdown, the Acute Neonatal Transfer Service of the East of England (ANTS) recognises how important it is for parents to be involved in their baby’s journey and has developed a set of recommendations to mitigate the risk of horizontal transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in transport.

Where possible, parents should have the opportunity to accompany their baby during transfer. The ANTS team has recommenced the parents in transfer service on an individ-ualised basis where it is safe to do so. A series of recommendations to guide careful assessment of each case has been developed. These recommendations will minimise horizontal spread of SARS-CoV-2 during neonatal transfer.
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