Not rocket science, but perhaps rocket fuel… caffeine is not a new concept but the importance of getting it in as early as possible is becoming more apparent. The aim is to get caffeine in on the first day of life, so could it be part of a joint extreme preterm admission bundle checklist with other standard medications such as vitamin K, prophylactic postnatal hydrocortisone, antibiotics etc.?
We encourage you to look across the three “capsules” of Process, Training and Education and Communications and Engagement when planning and implementing any changes, we know from experience that action needs to be taken across all three capsules to see a progress. These areas will be covered in the unit-level training.
Pay attention to how you will embed and sustain the improvements you have made and you can use the embedding and sustaining change tool (coming soon) to shape your thinking in doing so.
We have a package of resources to support implementation of this PERIPrem bundle element. Please watch the video and download the resources to find out more.
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Links for more information
If you would like to understand more about the evidence behind this PERIPrem bundle element, the following papers, reviews and websites have more information.
- South West Neonatal Network guidance on caffeine use in preterm infants
- Specialist neonatal respiratory care for babies born preterm, NICE guideline [NG124] Published date: April 2019
- Caffeine in preterm infants: where are we in 2020?
- Specialist neonatal respiratory care for babies born preterm