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Audit cycle of newborn observations on the postnatal wards
  1. Charlotte Jane Elder1,
  2. Belinda Ackerman2,
  3. Camilla Kingdon2
  1. 1
    Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Sheffield, UK
  2. 2
    St Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK
  1. Dr Camilla Kingdon, Neonatal Unit, St Thomas’ Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH, UK; Camilla.Kingdon{at}

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Two reviews of the 2006 NICE guidance1 on the postnatal care of mothers and their babies have recently been published in your journal.2 3 All three submissions neglected to include comment or guidance on the observation of babies at risk of clinical deterioration in the first 24 h of life. There are a significant proportion of newborns who are well enough to remain with their mothers but who are at risk of becoming unwell. There is widespread consensus in the …

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