Health Education England has released an e-learning programme to help healthcare professionals avoid term admissions into neonatal units. It focuses on four clinical areas: respiratory conditions, hypoglycaemia, jaundice and asphyxia (perinatal hypoxia–ischaemia).
Newborn blood spot screening failsafe solution (NBSFS) is a new IT system that minimises the risk of babies missing, or having delayed, newborn blood spot (NBS) screening. This guide from Public Health England explains how to use the NBSFS.
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The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has updated Group B Streptococcal Disease, Early-onset (Green-top Guideline No 36). This guideline guidance for obstetricians, midwives and neonatologists on the prevention of early-onset (less than 7 days of age) neonatal group B streptococcal (EOGBS) disease.
GBS is recognised as the most frequent cause of severe early-onset infection in newborn infants. GBS is present in the bowel flora of 20–40% of adults (colonisation) and those who are colonised are called ‘carriers’. This includes pregnant women. There is variation in practice across the UK regarding the best strategies to prevent EOGBS disease.