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Supporting ‘Baby Friendly’: a quality improvement initiative for the management of transitional neonatal hypoglycaemia
  1. Claire Elizabeth Stewart,
  2. Emma Louise Maitland Sage,
  3. Peter Reynolds
  1. St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey, Surrey, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Peter Reynolds, St Peter's Hospital, Guildford Road, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 0PZ, UK; peter.reynolds{at}asph.nhs.uk

Abstract

We describe a quality improvement initiative conducted in a medium-sized district general hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit, which involved working with the multidisciplinary team to create a ‘Baby Friendly’ neonatal hypoglycaemia pathway with implementation of dextrose gel as a first-line treatment. As a result of the project, formula supplementation rates and admissions for transitional hypoglycaemia were reduced and breastfeeding rates at 3 months improved. This initiative demonstrates that evidence-based guidelines with multidisciplinary team input can improve standards of care.

  • Neonatology
  • Infant Feeding
  • Audit
  • Evidence Based Medicine

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