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
transient vasospasm; ischaemia
Key points
  1. The arterial spasm is a well-known complication of arterial catheterisation in neonates.
  2. Transient peripheral vasospasm may occur in the preterm baby without any obvious precipitating factors.

Also published in Infant:

VOLUME 14/ISSUE 6, NOVEMBER 2018
Experts share research and quality improvement initiatives
A report of the 2018 BAPM annual conference in Leeds on 27-28 September.

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