Clinical update

Specialist neonatal respiratory care for babies born preterm

NICE has issued new guidance on respiratory care for premature babies

New NICE guidance on respiratory care for premature babies

Essential information

Premature babies are at risk of respiratory disorders, including respiratory distress syndrome and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). High-quality respiratory care can reduce their lengths of hospital stay and risks of long-term disability.

Babies who develop BPD, which is particularly common in preterm babies who require assisted ventilation, need prolonged specialist care. Approaches to respiratory support vary between neonatal units, with many areas of uncertainty in the best way to provide this care, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

What’s new?

NICE has published guidance to help standardise the approach to respiratory care for vulnerable preterm babies.

It calls on neonatal staff to recognise parents as partners in their children’s care and to support them in this role. Parents should be helped


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