STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Babies born in NHS hospitals at weekends ‘have lower survival rate’

Babies born at weekends in NHS hospitals are more likely to die in the first week of life than those delivered on weekdays, new research suggests.

Experts estimated 770 more babies die annually and 470 more infections occur among new mothers than would happen if performance was consistent across the week. The findings, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), were based on a study of 1.3 million births in England between April 2010 and March 2012. The death rate among babies was 7.3 per 1,000 delivered at weekends – 0.9 higher than for weekdays. However, there was no consistent link between death rates and staffing level.

Nevertheless, the study is likely to feed the debate over the state of weekend NHS services. A separate study published in the BMJ in September showed that around 11,000 more people die every year within 30 days of admission to hospital on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday compared with other days of the week. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt used those figures as part of his drive to create a seven-day NHS.

The latest results showed that “babies born at the weekend had an increased risk of being stillborn or dying in hospital within the first seven days”, researchers from Imperial College London said.

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http://www.itv.com/news/2015-11-25/babies-born-in-nhs-hospitals-at-weekends-have-lower-survival-rate/

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Up to 600 stillborn babies a year ‘are dying needlessly because of blunders by doctors and midwives’

  • Doctors and midwives accused of failing to intervene when babies become distressed in the womb
  • Inquiry was commissioned by the Department of Health and conducted by Oxford University
  • Comes as Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt launches drive to halve the number of stillbirths and deaths among new babies and mothers
  • UK had one of the highest rates of stillbirth in Europe in 2013

A confidential inquiry commissioned by the Department of Health is set to reveal that the lives of half of all stillborn babies could be saved every year in the UK. The report accuses doctors and midwives of failing to intervene in enough cases when the fetus is distressed in the womb, resulting in 600 avoidable deaths every year.

Approximately 1,200 babies are stillborn every year, but the inquiry conducted by Oxford University is expected to reveal that in many cases the deaths could have been prevented by closer monitoring and intervention to deliver the baby before the complications became serious. It is not the first time research has shown that the deaths of some full-term babies could be avoided, something campaigners have been keen to highlight for years.

Janet Scott, research and prevention head at Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, said: ‘If you knew that there were hundreds of avoidable deaths from some particular cause among infants or children or even adults, people would take that very seriously and that would be addressed. ‘It is mystifying that this doesn’t apply to this group of babies. ‘Very often, the things that go wrong are due to failure to identify risk during pregnancy and failure to act on a risk that has been identified.’

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3319616/Up-600-stillborn-babies-year-dying-needlessly-blunders-doctors-midwives.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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NHS neonatal intensive care units ‘stretched to breaking point’

Sick and premature baby charity Bliss says shortage of staff affects two thirds of units, and most work beyond safe capacity

Two thirds of NHS neonatal intensive care units do not have enough nurses and doctors, and a similar number are consistently working at higher than safe capacity, a charity has warned. A growing shortage of specialist nurses and doctors has left neonatal services “stretched to breaking point”, putting the safety of vulnerable babies at risk according to the report from the sick and premature baby charity Bliss.

It argues that without urgent action from the government and NHS England, the gap between the standards expected and the care provided will widen. “The government set out a comprehensive vision for neonatal care in 2009, with the publication of the toolkit for high quality neonatal services,” said Caroline Davey, chief executive of Bliss.  “Six years on and we are falling further behind on critical measures of quality and safety, and the shortfall in funding means units are simply unable to meet these standards.”

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http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/oct/19/bliss-neonatal-intensive-care-units-stretched

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Charity’s first aid campaign – Celebrities play several choking hazards who are fed up with babies choking on them

The Norfolk-based actor is joined by David Walliams, David Mitchell and Johnny Vegas in voicing a group of characters based on choking hazards in an animated advert for the St John Ambulance, which teaches parents how to save a choking baby’s life. The charity’s first aid campaign comes as it is revealed that three-quarters of parents in Norwich (73pc) do not know the correct technique for saving their baby from choking, despite it being a major fear for 49pc. The celebrities play several choking hazards who are fed up with babies choking on them.

The advert will be shown on television over the next three months and St John Ambulance is asking people to share the film with their friends and family, online, so that as many people as possible can learn to save a life.

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http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/health/sir_john_hurt_plays_a_peanut_in_his_latest_life_saving_role_1_3912758?

 

 

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Deaths of four premature babies and burns in dozens more linked to antiseptic, says regulator

The deaths of four premature babies and serious burns in dozens more have been linked to an antiseptic solution, the medicines regulator has warned, urging doctors to use it sparingly.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10935161/Deaths-of-four-premature-babies-and-burns-in-dozens-more-linked-to-antiseptic-says-regulator.html

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