Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Infant journal is the leading UK publication for the multidisciplinary team that cares for vulnerable sick or premature babies in their first year of life. Published bi-monthly, the journal contains authoritative articles with a clinical or practical bias written by experts in their field.

Abstracts of all articles are freely accessible by using the site search, or by browsing back issues. The full text of articles published from 2005 until March 2020 are available free of charge.

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Current issue: March 2022

Healthcare professionals’ views to inform revision of the NEWTT tool
Shalini Ojha, Kathryn Macallister, Sara Abdula, John Madar, Oliver Rackham, Wendy Tyler
Early identification of clinical deterioration provides an opportunity for timely intervention that may prevent irreversible harm and death in newborn infants. Early warning scores, such as the British Association of Perinatal Medicine Newborn Early Warning Trigger and Track (BAPM NEWTT), are used for this purpose. We set out to gather opinions of UK healthcare professionals to inform a review of the BAPM NEWTT guidance and identify features that may require modification.

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A dorsal urethral cyst in a newborn:an image case report
Sarah Arthur, Pieter Van-Hensbergen
Parameatal urethral cysts are benign congenital lesions of the penis that are extremely rare in the newborn period. This article presents the case of a term infant with glanular hypospadias and a cystic lesion extending from the glans penis.

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A welcome result of an unwelcome virus? Evaluation of video consultations within a neonatal service
Jenna Deeming, Catherine Armstrong, Ngozi Edi-Osagie
The recent pandemic has necessitated the use of video consultations in order that babies can receive timely follow-up after discharge from the neonatal unit, while avoiding the risks associated with travel and social mixing during an in-person attendance at clinic. We analysed parental and clinician perceptions of the service delivered using the newly implemented ‘Attend Anywhere’ video consultation service. Video consultations are satisfactory to parents and can safely meet the needs of appropriately selected patients. The video consultation system can be utilised for a variety of interactions between neonatal staff and parents and in addition has benefits at a strategic and environmental level.

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Helping perinatal nurses cope with patient death
Catherine A. Pankonien, Sandra M. Groth
The death of an infant or maternal loss can be distressing for the staff that cared for them. Grief is an emotional reaction to loss and must be recognised among perinatal and neonatal nursing staff. Coping with stress and grief is important to enhance a nurse’s quality of life and decrease compassion fatigue and burnout in the workplace. This article considers the background and evidence of the problem, recommendations for change, and outcome influences. Healthy coping strategies are outlined, as well as ways in which staff and management can help each other to cope with the stress and grief of patient loss.

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From the March 2020 edition

 FREE  A multidisciplinary approach to the implementation of non-pharmacological strategies to manage infant pain
Emily Hills, James Rosenberg, Natalie Banfield, Celia Harding

Newborn infants, both term and preterm, endure many painful procedures when receiving treatment on a neonatal intensive care unit. Unmanaged neonatal pain can have a negative influence on short- and long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes and can also impact on parental wellbeing. While clinicians are aware of the efficacy of non-pharmacological strategies to reduce pain, these are not always implemented into neonatal care. This article summarises efforts made by a multidisciplinary team to improve the use of non-pharmacological approaches in the management of infant pain during procedures on a level 2 neonatal unit

 FREE  Getting it right – the critical window to effectively establish lactation
Diane L. Spatz

 FREE  Relieving paternal stress in the NICU
Catherine A. Pankonien

 FREE  A neonatal short-term home nasogastric tube feeding programme
Katherine Wood, Frances O’Brien, Karen Liddle, Rhys Dore

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Embrace neonatal MRI system: mitigating infection risk in the NICU

Published in Volume 16/Issue 3, May 2020

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In the latest news...

Flexmort, creator of the CuddleCot, sponsors baby loss charity, Beyond Bea

May 10, 2022
A collaboration between Flexmort, the company that created the CuddleCot, and the baby loss charity Beyond Bea, will help deliver accessible compassionate bereavement training for healthcare students and professionals.

BAPM framework published for reducing risk of sudden and unexpected postnatal collapse

May 10, 2022
The British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) has published a new framework for practice on sudden and unexpected postnatal collapse, produced in partnership with the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB).

Alder Hey and Isansys Lifecare form new partnership to trial wireless patient monitoring system

May 10, 2022
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has partnered with digital healthcare pioneers Isansys Lifecare as part of a trial to support at home patient monitoring and reduce pressures on the healthcare system.