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

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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.


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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.