Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Neonatal SARS-CoV-2 infection: is this a vertical transmission?

Neonatal COVID-19, its manifestations and transmission, remains unclear. As the pandemic continues more evidence will emerge but so far, vertical transmission of COVID-19 is rare with just a few reports in the literature.1 We share our experience of managing a preterm newborn with COVID-19 in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where the vertical route seems the most likely mode of transmission.

Femi Adeniyi
ST6 Paediatrics

Sanjeev Rath
Neonatal Consultant

Yewande Wey
MTI Fellow

Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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quality improvement; QI; neonatal sepsis; drug error; family-centred care
Key points
  1. Previously at Colchester Hospital, a ‘train’ of babies would travel from the PNW to receive IVABs on the NNU.
  2. A QI initiative set out to reduce maternal and newborn separation and drug error incidents by administering IVABs on the PNW.
  3. The project improved safety and collaborative working between maternity and neonatal services.

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