Welcome aboard – Announcing new Chair Committee members


We are very delighted to formally announce that the European Standards of Care for Newborn Health (ESCNH) can now draw on the expertise of four new Chair Committee members. Dr Marina Cuttini, PhD, from Italy, is the new co-chair for the Topic Expert Group (TEG) Ethical decision-making & palliative care. Dr Marije Hogeveen, PhD, from the Netherlands, is the new chair for the TEG Patient safety and hygiene practice. DDr Eva Schwindt, from Austria, is the new co-chair for the TEG Patient safety and hygiene practice. Dr James Webbe, PhD, from the United Kingdom, is the new chair for the TEG Data collection and documentation.   © Fauxels / Pexels   Our new Chair Committee members are a valuable resource specifically for the ongoing revision of the standards as well as the introduction of newly developed standards. We are sure that the respective TEGs – but also the ESCNH as a whole – will benefit from their experience and knowledge. We want to take this opportunity to also thank our former chairs, Professor Bréart (former chair, Data collection and documentation), Professor Greisen (former co-chair, Ethical decision-making & palliative care), Professor Tissières (former chair, Patient safety and hygiene practice) and Dr Helder (former co-chair, Patient safety and hygiene practice). With their exceptional work during the development of the European Standards of Care for Newborn Health, they helped to reduce inequalities in newborn health across Europe. For more information about our new and former chairs, please visit our Chair Committee page here. Once again, we want to thank our new Chair Committee members for joining. We are looking forward to further improving the quality of care for newborn infants together.

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A new milestone in implementation: Italian ESCNH now available in every NICU


Italy has achieved what many other countries strive for – they have not only translated the entire set of the European Standards of Care for Newborn Health (ESCNH) as first European country, the team of the Italian Society of Neonatology (SIN) have also distributed the Italian ESCNH version in book format to every NICU across the state. These great achievements lay the cornerstones for a successful implementation of the ESCNH in Italy.   © Pixabay / Dianne Hope   We congratulate Dr Gina Ancora (coordinator) and the entire team at SIN together with the Italian National Coordination of Parents’ Associations, Vivere ONLUS, for this unique accomplishment. The entire endeavour can be seen as a best practise example for collaboration between a parent organisation and a healthcare professional society unified by their common goal to improve the care for newborn infants in their country.   Their collaborative work was also honoured earlier this year by receiving the jENS Award of 2021. We thank Dr Gina Ancora and Monica Ceccatelli as representatives of their organisations for their great cooperation and leadership. Thanks go also out to everyone else involved, especially the translators, for their hard work, dedication, and trailblazing spirit.   Making the ESCNH available in Italian promises to change our understanding of adequate neonatal care by including more people in the conversation. It will support NICUs across Italy in putting the ESCNH into daily practice.   You can access the Italian version of the ESCNH on our website.   The project to translate the ESCNH into Italian was kindly supported by AbbVie.   In 2021, the European Standards of Care for Newborn Health are financially supported by AstraZeneca, Baxter, GE Healthcare, Nestlé Nutrition Institute, and Prolacta Bioscience® Inc.  

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Lifecycle 2021: Results of the public consultation phase


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.     What’s next? The first authors of the standards (and their author team) will receive the comments of the public consultation. Additionally, feedback from our independent reviewers (expert consultation) will be added to the comments of the public consultation. After the authors have revised the standards, all comments will be published on this website for reasons of transparency. Please note that respondents could request that their contribution would not be published, when stating ample justification. In accordance with our privacy policy, names are displayed only if approved by the respondents (more information can be found here). 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.  

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