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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gastroschisis; abdominal wall defect; congenital abnormality; surgery; silo
Key points
  1. The survival of gastroschisis in high income countries is now greater than 95%.
  2. Complex gastroschisis has worse outcomes than simple gastroschisis.
  3. Surgical management aims to reduce the herniated viscera and close the abdominal wall defect. This can be achieved by primary closure or staged reduction.