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,
julie-clare.becher@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

On behalf of the BAPM Antenatal Optimisation Toolkit Group

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Keywords
retrieval; transport; transfer; COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2;
Key points
  1. Neonatal transport teams and units may be involved in moving suspected or confirmed neonatal COVID-19 cases.
  2. Guidance on managing such transfers has already been published by the NTG and ESPNIC. ANTS has compiled additional practical recommendations from its experiences.
  3. Together these recommendations will minimise horizontal SARS-CoV-2 spread during neonatal transfer.

Also published in Infant:

VOLUME 16/ISSUE 5, SEPTEMBER 2020
A structured approach to facilitate the reintroduction of parents in transport during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, transport teams ceased taking parents with them on neonatal transfers except in exceptional circumstances. With the easing of lockdown, the Acute Neonatal Transfer Service of the East of England (ANTS) recognises how important it is for parents to be involved in their baby’s journey and has developed a set of recommendations to mitigate the risk of horizontal transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in transport.

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