Identifying and managing clinical risks in newborn babies and providing care for infants in the community who need respiratory support

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Care Quality Commission
Care Quality Commission
Date of publication
1 July 2016
Health Services, Families, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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The aim of this review is to improve care for infants and their families by identifying opportunities for improvement and influencing the development of clear national guidelines. 

The detail in the report is of a technical clinical nature, as it is primarily intended for clinicians and policy-makers who shape these guidelines.

Three different aspects of care within current practice have been examined in this report:

  • Detecting fetal anomalies and handing over care for babies with a suspected or known fetal anomaly between antenatal, obstetric and neonatal services.
  • Identifying, and managing the care of, newborn babies whose condition could deteriorate (with a focus on diagnosing and managing hypertension).
  • Managing care for infants in the community who need respiratory support (with a focus on managing respiratory support technologies, including tracheostomies).