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Patient Safety Alert: Resources to support safer care for full-term babies

29 August 2017

Patient Safety AlertNHS Improvement has issued a Patient Safety Alert regarding the need to support safer care for full-term babies. While the decision to admit neonates usually occurs within the maternity unit/team, staff should be aware of this alert as babies born in the community who are conveyed to hospital are in scope for this alert.

While some term baby admissions are entirely appropriate (for example babies born with a congenital abnormality), up to 30% of neonatal unit admissions between 2011 and 2013 were considered avoidable. We found that the need for improved identification of babies at risk of deterioration was a common theme. Although we focused on avoiding harm requiring admission, we also identified learning in relation to babies whose care could have been managed in a setting that kept mother and baby together in hospital or in the community.

Please read the relevant resources signposted from the alert document.

You can find the full alert and associated resources in the Clinical Zone, Patient Safety Alerts.

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