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Recommendations – communication

 

Recommendation

There should be clear local guidance detailing the seniority of personnel required to attend various types of delivery, including detail about when to summon paediatric/neonatal presence prior to a high-risk delivery.

 

Such guidance should include an escalation process to access more senior support in a timely manner.

 

 

Recommendation

The paediatric/neonatal team must be informed of pertinent risk factors for a compromised baby in a timely and consistent manner.

 

Relevant risk factors could include intrauterine growth restriction, infection, suspected hypoxia, thick meconium, placental abruption, potential fetal anaemia and concerns relating to the fetal heart rate.