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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EEG; sleep; sleep interruption
Key points
  1. Disturbances of nocturnal sleep in preterm infants were frequent in the NICU, predominantly for feeding.
  2. Infants who woke spontaneously, fed more efficiently within a shorter time-frame compared to infants who were disturbed from their sleep for feeding.
  3. Optimising sleep in the NICU will support the normal trajectory of development.

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