Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Antenatal optimisation for preterm infants less than 34 weeks: a quality improvement toolkit

The British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) and the National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) are collaborating on four quality improvement toolkits to support perinatal staff to implement the evidence around perinatal optimisation. This article presents the Antenatal Optimisation Toolkit. The evidence for key interventions is described alongside a quality improvement journey, which supports staff to choose improvement solutions most suitable for the local context.

Lauren Shaw
Neonatal Grid Trainee, East Deanery, Scotland

Julie-Clare Becher
Lead for Quality, BAPM and Consultant Neonatologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh,

On behalf of the BAPM Antenatal Optimisation Toolkit Group

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infant feeding; breastfeeding; prematurity; nutrition; donor human milk; milk bank;
Key points
  1. This article outlines the challenges facing provision of DHM during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Mitigation strategies to ensure safety and provision of DHM have been developed by group consensus.
  3. There is a high probability that SARS-CoV-2 is not transmitted through human milk – the latest data are reported.

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