Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

A call for zero separation – restrictive policies and their impact on neonatal care in light of COVID-19

More than one year into the pandemic and we are well aware that COVID-19 is affecting neonatal care. In many places, possibly in more ways than we initially appreciated. Recent scientific research has revealed that neonatal care in low- and middle-income countries has been affected to an extent that threatens the implementation of life-saving interventions.1 Reasons for this development are certainly plentiful, including the concerns of medical staff and parents about contracting the coronavirus – a worry that in many places had been accelerated by the immense pressure put on the health system.

Sarah Fuegenschuh
Head of Communications

Johanna Kostenzer
Head of Scientific Affairs – Maternal and Newborn Health

European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants

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Keywords
less invasive surfactant administration (LISA); surfactant; respiratory distress syndrome; videolaryngoscope; bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD); premature
Key points
  1. Structured guidelines and training of medical staff are required to establish LISA as a routine procedure in the NNU.
  2. Videolaryngoscopy is a useful adjunct to the procedure.
  3. Further studies are required on the use of medications during the procedure.
  4. A robust system of data collection and analysis helps to guide improvements.