Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Neonatal SARS-CoV-2 infection: is this a vertical transmission?

Neonatal COVID-19, its manifestations and transmission, remains unclear. As the pandemic continues more evidence will emerge but so far, vertical transmission of COVID-19 is rare with just a few reports in the literature.1 We share our experience of managing a preterm newborn with COVID-19 in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where the vertical route seems the most likely mode of transmission.

Femi Adeniyi
ST6 Paediatrics

Sanjeev Rath
Neonatal Consultant

Yewande Wey
MTI Fellow

Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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neonatal difficult airway framework; BAPM
Key points
  1. The BAPM framework for managing the difficult neonatal airway provides: definition of the role and responsibilities of the neonatal airway lead; a process to optimise resources available in any setting in which a neonate with a difficult airway may present; a pathway for managing the difficult airway to be adapted for local use, which will also be familiar to other specialties that have their own established difficult airway processes; a resource materials document to assist those developing a structured process.