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Intermittent auscultation

There were a number of Each Baby Counts babies for whom an issue with intermittent auscultation was considered, by at least one reviewer, to be a significant contributory factor to the outcome.

 

A random selection of the reports of 70 babies was reviewed to identify common themes in these babies that could be highlighted to drive improvement in their care. In the care of 68 babies, at least one reviewer felt that intermittent auscultation management was a significant contributory factor to the outcome, and that different care might have made a difference to the outcome. The distribution of the contributory factors can be found in Table 5.

 

Table 5. Distribution of intermittent auscultation critical contributory factors identified

Contributory factor

% of babies for whom contributory factor was applied

Technique/equipment/timing

6

Errors of interpretation/failure to detect pathology

6

Failure to act upon suspicious findings

5

Intermittent auscultation – other

5

 

Note: These contributory factors are not mutually exclusive; reviewers can indicate that there was more than one critical contributory factor in the care of each baby.