Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Establishing a neonatal telemedicine service in Liverpool

Fauzia Paize
Consultant Neonatologist, Liverpool Women’s Hospital
fauzia.paize@lwh.nhs.uk

Simon Minford
Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Innovation Consultant, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Joanne Minford
Consultant Paediatric and Neonatal Surgeon, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Christopher Dewhurst
Consultant Neonatologist, Liverpool Women’s Hospital

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Keywords
COVID-19; emergency caesarean section; vaginal delivery; personal protective equipment; infection control; aerosol generating procedure
Key points
  1. Healthcare staff must be prepared for the delivery of babies from COVID-19 positive women.
  2. Preparations should include planning of logistical steps to prevent transmission of the virus.

Also published in Infant:

VOLUME 16/ISSUE 3, MAY 2020
The role of simulation in preparing a response to the COVID-19 pandemic
In response to COVID-19, simulation has been used to embed practical skills such as donning and doffing of personal protective equipment and scenario-based logistics of proposed COVID-19 patient flows. We have developed small staff group training sessions, alongside larger scale multidisciplinary team sessions and used simulation to guide the development of our standard operating procedure. We have also created online training resources to reach a larger number of staff within the neonatal unit (NNU). In this article we share our experiences to help others develop their own ideas on the plethora of ways that simulation can aid a response to the COVID-19 outbreak and any other future advances within the NNU.

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