Monthly Archives: March 2019

Sail sign in neonatal pneumomediastinum: a case report

Pneumomediastinum is an uncommon cause of neonatal respiratory distress. Clinical history and examination of the neonate may be uninformative in determining the aetiology of the respiratory distress. Chest x-ray can be diagnostic of pneumomediastinum however is often difficult to interpret. … Continue reading

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A nurturing programme on the neonatal surgical ward

A recently introduced nurturing programme on the neonatal surgical ward at Birmingham Children’s Hospital makes use of volunteer members of staff who sit with babies to provide comfort, cuddles and reassurance when the parents are not present. The initiative is … Continue reading

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Keeping Mothers and Babies Together: implementing a single, simplified pathway for at-risk infants

Despite falling birth rates, admissions to neonatal units are increasing. National drivers aimed at reducing term admissions have concentrated on identifying reasons for admission and tackling each individually. National and local guidelines differ in their approach to managing infants at … Continue reading

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Noah’s Star: a volunteer sibling support service to facilitate family-integrated care

This article describes the development and application of a volunteer sibling support service in a tertiary neonatal unit to support the development of family-integrated care at Birmingham Women’s Hospital. The aim of the project is to offer childcare facilities for … Continue reading

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The NMPA – evaluating care processes and outcomes to identify good practice and areas for improvement

The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA) is a large-scale audit of NHS maternity services across England, Scotland and Wales. Using high quality data, the NMPA evaluates a range of care processes and outcomes in order to benchmark against national standards … Continue reading

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Nursing student knowledge and compliance with SIDS prevention strategies

Excessive preventable sleep-related deaths require that every nurse encounter with infant caregivers should include safe sleep education and role modelling. Adequate training on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) prevention, including safe infant sleep, may be lacking in some nursing schools. … Continue reading

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