Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

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clinical practice guidelines; neonatal death; coroner referral;
Key points
  1. Following the death of a baby there can be uncertainty over whether referral to a coroner is appropriate. Furthermore, there is inconsistency in practice between settings.
  2. A guideline has been developed to aid decision making for referral to the coroner in different neonatal scenarios.

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Comparing international survival rates of extremely preterm infants: the impact of variation in reporting signs of life
There is wide international variation in reported survival rates of extremely preterm infants. However, some of this variation might be related to local differences in decisions about whether a baby born at the threshold of survival is considered to be live-born and consequently whether the death is reported as a stillbirth or neonatal death. This variation results in biased comparisons of survival rates.