Tag Archives: neonatal death

A post-mortem population survey on foetal-infantile end-of-life decisions: a research protocol

The death of a child before or shortly after birth is frequently preceded by an end-of-life decision (ELD). Population-based studies of incidence and characteristics of ELDs in neonates and infants are rare, and those in the foetal-infantile period (> 22 weeks … Continue reading

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Bliss and Tamba respond to latest statistics on neonatal mortality rates

Bliss and Tamba (Twins and Multiple Births Association) have spoken of their “extreme concern” that neonatal deaths have risen. The Office of National Statistics published its latest report on 14 March on childhood mortality [1] in England and Wales in 2016, noting … Continue reading

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Infusing TPN in babies too rapidly poses risk of severe harm and death

A Patient Safety Alert was issued on the 27 September warning of the risk of severe harm and death from infusing total parenteral nutrition (TPN, also known as PN) too rapidly in babies. Three incidents reported through the StEIS (Strategic … Continue reading

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Learning from deaths: Parents’ Active Role and ENgagement in The review of their Stillbirth/perinatal death (the PARENTS 1 study)

Following a perinatal death, a formal standardised multi-disciplinary review should take place, to learn from the death of a baby and facilitate improvements in future care. It has been recommended that bereaved parents should be offered the opportunity to give … Continue reading

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Bereavement care in the UK: variability in resources and approaches

Research by Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, has found that bereavement care in maternity units in the UK continues to be under resourced, with considerable variation in approaches to care. This article reviews the key recommendations and findings … Continue reading

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National initiatives for maternity and neonatal safety in England

The publication of the Kirkup report in early 2015, following the Morecambe Bay investigation, propelled maternity safety into the public spotlight. As maternity teams considered recommendations from the report, a review of maternity services in England, led by Baroness Cumberlege, … Continue reading

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Evaluation of an international educational programme for health care professionals on best practice in the management of a perinatal death: IMproving Perinatal mortality Review and Outcomes Via Education (IMPROVE)

Stillbirths and neonatal deaths are devastating events for both parents and clinicians and are global public health concerns. Careful clinical management after these deaths is required, including appropriate investigation and assessment to determine cause (s) to prevent future losses, and … Continue reading

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