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Avoiding admissions in neonatal units

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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).

Access the e-learning here

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Group B streptococcal disease RCOG Greentop No 36 updated

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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.

Download the full guideline here