Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

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midwifery-led discharge; neonatal; postnatal ward; length of stay; cost-effectiveness
Key points
  1. A midwifery-led discharge pathway is an innovative approach to improving patient flow and reducing the length of neonatal stay.
  2. A comprehensive protocol for midwifery-led care of well babies on IV antibiotics for suspected infection is presented. This will enable other units to develop their MLND pathway.

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Impact of COVID-19 on term admissions to neonatal care
This article analyses a retrospective study of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on term admissions to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Sunderland Royal Hospital. Using data gathered between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020, the results from this repeat audit are compared with admission data from previous years and with figures from NHS England. This audit considers the impact of the pandemic on term admissions to the NICU, with a focus on social causes and other potentially avoidable reasons for admission.