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
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stoma; nutrition; growth; necrotising enterocolitis; spontaneous intestinal perforation
Key points
  1. Optimal timing of stoma closure in preterm infants is unknown.
  2. Complications following stoma formation are common and associated with significant morbidity.
  3. Complications can be related to poor growth, vascular access or the stoma itself.

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Nutritional intake of preterm infants – an audit of practice at a tertiary neonatal unit in Scotland
Optimal early nutrition leads to better long-term outcomes for premature infants. Preterm neonates, especially those born at less than 30 weeks’ gestation, require parenteral nutrition to meet their high energy and protein requirements. Neonatal units have a responsibility to ensure they are delivering the best possible care by comparing their practice with existing standards. We present a clinical audit performed at the neonatal unit of Princess Royal Maternity Hospital, Glasgow, on nutritional intake in preterm infants over the first two weeks of life.