Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

A call for zero separation – restrictive policies and their impact on neonatal care in light of COVID-19

More than one year into the pandemic and we are well aware that COVID-19 is affecting neonatal care. In many places, possibly in more ways than we initially appreciated. Recent scientific research has revealed that neonatal care in low- and middle-income countries has been affected to an extent that threatens the implementation of life-saving interventions.1 Reasons for this development are certainly plentiful, including the concerns of medical staff and parents about contracting the coronavirus – a worry that in many places had been accelerated by the immense pressure put on the health system.

Sarah Fuegenschuh
Head of Communications

Johanna Kostenzer
Head of Scientific Affairs – Maternal and Newborn Health

European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants

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Keywords
physiology; respiratory; sleep
Key points
  1. Thresholds guiding decisions around initiating and weaning long-term oxygen therapy for infants with CLDP vary widely across England and Wales.
  2. Technical considerations affecting data output from pulse oximeters are poorly understood resulting in a wide variation in pulse oximeter settings across home oxygen services.
  3. Evidence-based guidance is required alongside education to inform clinicians on best practice for infants with CLDP requiring supplemental oxygen.