We are pleased to announce that the first public consultation of the 20 standards that are currently under revision was a great success. In total, we received 252 complete questionnaires of more than 60 participants across Europe and beyond. Respondents of 24 countries took part in the consultation with most feedback coming from the Czech Republic. On average, we received approximately 12 questionnaires per standards. The standards with the greatest number of respondents were “Hypoglycaemia in at risk term infants” and “Promotion of breastfeeding”, both with a total of 19 replies, followed closely by “Management of Respiratory Distress Syndrome” and “Parental involvement” with 18 responses.
We want to express our deepest gratitude to all participants and to our partners and supporters for promoting as well as joining the public consultation. We are very grateful to draw on such a strong and active network.
Interested in the revision of the ESCNH?
The next public consultation is coming up at the end of 2022 / beginning of 2023 for all standards following a 5-year lifecycle. More information will come soon on this website.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been raging across the globe for more than a year now. Healthcare systems have been brought to the brink and, as a consequence, maternal and newborn health services have been disrupted in many countries as hospitals were forced to reallocate their resources elsewhere and take measures to protect staff and patients from a possible COVID-19 infection.
Babies born too soon, too small, or too sick are especially at risk when it comes to COVID-19. Not only are they extremely vulnerable to infections due to an immature immune system, they also often already have other health challenges which require more long-term continuing or follow-up care. In these cases, families are faced with a dilemma: If they stay home and isolate in order to protect themselves from COVID-19 and the repercussions of a possible infection, they miss out on important follow-up treatment and targeted therapy. If families do choose to attend follow-up care and therapy appointments, they risk contracting COVID-19, which could endanger themselves and eventually their preterm or sick child.
The Standards of Care for Newborn Health also focus on the importance of follow-up and continuing care and argue in favour of targeted and structured follow-up systems and continuing care for preterm and sick babies. But how can parents organise follow-up appointments in times of COVID-19? How can families organise continuing care in a way that keeps vulnerable babies (and older children) safe?
EFCNI’s Dr. Annika Brunck spoke with Dr. Britta Hüning, a paediatrician and neonatologist at the University Hospital Essen in Germany, about these and other questions. Dr. Hüning has helped author the standard on “Transition from hospital to home” and is also very experienced in advising and supporting parents of preterm and sick babies. Her biggest advice: “Don’t cancel the appointment before you have a Plan B!”
Watch the full interview below.