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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COVID-19; personal protective equipment; infection control
Key points
  1. The current COVID-19 outbreak has raised concern about providing high quality neonatal care while minimising risk to staff.
  2. Simulation can help address these challenges by promoting teamwork and testing logistics in novel situations.

Also published in Infant:

VOLUME 16, ISSUE 3, MAY 2020
Practical considerations for the emergency delivery of babies from mothers with confirmed or suspected COVID-19
Maternity and neonatal departments must be prepared for the delivery of babies from COVID-19 positive women. We describe a guideline developed at the North Middlesex University Hospital maternity unit, for multidisciplinary team members attending an emergency caesarean section of mothers with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. Anticipated staff actions and personal protective equipment were considered to optimise staff safety and reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2. We recommend units generate individualised guidance suitable to their settings.