Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

NNAP can help neonatal units to plan improvement

Of the 750,000 babies born each year in England, Scotland and Wales, nearly 105,000 receive specialist neonatal care. The National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) supports professionals, families and commissioners in their efforts to evolve and improve the care provided to these babies.

Sam Oddie
Consultant Neonatologist and Clinical Lead for the National Neonatal Audit Programme
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human milk; quality improvement; own mother’s milk; lactation
Key points
  1. NICU infants benefit the most from the health-giving effects of high doses of OMM but they are the least likely to receive it.
  2. Globally there is a paucity of data on NICU lactation care and feeding.
  3. QI initiatives that focus on the evidence-based indicators outlined in the NICU scorecard are a starting point for assessment and improvement of practices

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