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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umbilical central line; umbilical arterial catheter; umbilical venous catheter; ultrasound-guided insertion of a central line; functional echocardiography
Key points
  1. Direct visualisation of the umbilical catheter by ultrasound is one of the best modalities for adjusting a UVC and UAC.
  2. This method can save time needed to help transition a critically ill neonate.
  3. Ultrasound-guided insertion of a UVC or UAC requires fewer X-rays (hence radiation) and less manipulation and handling of the neonate, helping to maintain temperature and reduce the risk of infection.