Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

NNAP can help neonatal units to plan improvement

Of the 750,000 babies born each year in England, Scotland and Wales, nearly 105,000 receive specialist neonatal care. The National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) supports professionals, families and commissioners in their efforts to evolve and improve the care provided to these babies.

Sam Oddie
Consultant Neonatologist and Clinical Lead for the National Neonatal Audit Programme
nnap@rcpch.ac.uk
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Keywords
osteopenia of prematurity; metabolic bone disease; fractures; premature infant; neonate;
Key points
  1. Neonatal units should have a screening policy for infants at risk of MBD.
  2. Development of local guidelines with multidisciplinary pathways can be helpful in management of advanced disease.
  3. Development of consensus guidelines for screening and management in the UK are required.

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