Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

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neonatal nursing; retinopathy of prematurity (ROP); ROP screening; clinical audit; quality improvement; care bundle
Key points
  1. Junior nursing staff should be trained in ‘best practice’ to improve nursing care and minimise complications during neonatal screening for ROP.
  2. A standardised unit protocol (checklist) has been developed for nursing staff to refer to as a guide for newborns undergoing ROP screening.
  3. Compliance with the checklist led to an improvement in care.

Also published in Infant:

Sepsis and central line-associated neonatal infection: a care bundle QI project
Neonatal late-onset sepsis (LOS) is a significant cause of mortality and morbidity within neonatal units. These infections are often associated with the insertion and use of central lines. Data from 2017 identified the local neonatal unit at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as an outlier with above average rates of LOS. A quality improvement (QI) project was therefore created with the aim of reducing rates of central line-associated sepsis.