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Neonatal Guidelines

Individual guidelines are available to download within the section headings below, please click on the relevant heading, blue text within a guideline denotes a change from the previous version. These guidelines have been compiled as an aide-memoire for all staff concerned with the management of neonates, towards a more uniform standard of care across the Staffordshire, Shropshire and Black Country and Southern West Midlands Neonatal Operational Delivery Networks' (ODNs). They have been drafted with reference to published medical literature and amended after extensive consultation. Wherever possible, the recommendations made are evidence based. Where no clear evidence has been identified from published literature the advice given represents a consensus of the expert authors and their peers and is based on their practical experience. No guideline will apply to every patient, even where the diagnosis is clear-cut; there will always be exceptions. These guidelines are not intended as a substitute for logical thought and must be tempered by clinical judgment in the individual patient and advice from senior colleagues. (These guidelines are advisory, NOT mandatory).

The Neonatal Guidelines 2017 book is the seventh edition of the Neonatal Guidelines produced with the Bedside Clinical Guidelines Partnership and published by the Staffordshire, Shropshire and Black Country Neonatal Operational Delivery Network.  The book includes 142 guidelines (11 new guidelines for this edition) that have been drafted with reference to published medical literature and amended after extensive consultation.  Compiled as an aide memoire for all staff concerned with the management of neonates, towards a more uniform standard of care across both the Staffordshire, Shropshire and Black Country and Southern West Midlands Neonatal ODNs Neonatal Units.

The Joint Neonatal Guidelines Group is responsible for overseeing the production and implementation of neonatal clinical guidelines across the network.  The Joint Neonatal Guidelines Group has considered the feedback received through the National Neonatal Peer Review process conducted between October 2017 and March 2018 which highlighted the need to ensure that each neonatal unit has a clear process for version control of their guidelines with specific reference to the use of the printed and bound network neonatal guidelines books.​

The guidelines and supporting evidence are available to download below, blue text denotes a change from the previous guidelines.  Guidelines updated between the 2 yearly printed editions are included as separate documents.

Each Neonatal Service should consider including a brief description of the process followed to ensure version control of their neonatal guidelines within their neonatal service standard operating procedure document.
The Neonatal Guidelines 2017-19 are available to order from the Network at a cost of £20 by completing the order form attached