Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

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admission cause; neonatal intensive care; social admissions; term admissions; COVID-19
Key points
  1. Term admissions as a percentage of all admissions to the NICU at SRH decreased between 2014 and 2019; however, there was an increase of 6% in 2020.
  2. The proportion of term infants admitted to SRH NICU for social reasons continues to be higher than the national average, though it decreased greatly between 2019 and 2020.
  3. Respiratory disease admissions increased in 2020, contributing to 57.1% of term admissions.
  4. Antenatal steroids were given to all eligible term mothers who underwent elective C-section before 39 weeks’ gestation in 2020 at SRH, as per national guidelines.

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A two-year comparative study of admissions of term neonates for hypoglycaemia: what have the BAPM recommendations changed?
Hypoglycaemia is a leading cause of term admissions to neonatal units but many term babies admitted for hypoglycaemia could be cared for in an alternative hospital or community setting. The British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) Framework for Practice aims to reduce national variation in detection and management of term babies with hypoglycaemia. The study presented here compares the epidemiology of neonatal hypoglycaemia in term neonates admitted to a tertiary neonatal intensive care unit for a one-year period before and after implementation of a BAPM recommendations-based guideline.