Improving the stabilisation of the preterm infant – non-invasive respiratory support and deferred cord clamping


This case study outlines University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust's quality improvement project, delivered as part of their participation in the maternal and neonatal health safety collaborative.

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust's project provides an example of how they have improved the quality of care provided to preterm infants, prior to admission to the neonatal unit — with particular reference to thermoregulation, non-invasive respiratory support and deferred cord clamping. This case study was produced as part of the Maternal and neonatal health safety collaborative, and explains the context, aims, method and approach, outcomes and learning points from the trust's quality improvement work.

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