The care given at birth and immediately after is a determining factor in survival and long term health outcomes of pre term, low birth weight and sick newborns. Impaired neurodevelopmental outcome is a major long-term complication of surviving pre term/low birth weight and sick infants. Neurodevelopmental screening with a neurological examination is important at key stages to assess the impact of birth conditions for impact on later health.

An important part of training nurses and doctors is to assess the impact of care post training, reduced mortality is a positive outcome but improved outcomes give a more holistic picture.

The Impact Of Neonatal Nurse Training On Infant Outcomes In A Regional Neonatal IntensiveCare Unit In Vietnam

The Peter Stebbings Memorial Charity awarded a research grant to Newborns Vietnam to study over a two year period whether there is any association between a neonatal nursing educational intervention (the joint Newborns Vietnam (NBV)-Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) neonatal nurse training programme) and outcomes of babies undergoing neonatal intensive care in the neonatal unit at Da Nang Hospital for Women & Children’s neonatal intensive care unit.

In addition to clinical outcomes, the researchers will also assess the knowledge and confidence of the neonatal nurses during and after intervention, and record their experiences during the training period.

The results will provide impetus to roll out a sustainable programme of neonatal nurse training in Vietnam and inform the development of neonatal nurse training in other resource limited countries.   The final report will be available for publication in late 2017.

Long-Term Neurodevelopmental Outcomes Of High-Risk Newborns

This research study looks at the long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes of high risk newborns and association of medical risk factors with infant outcomes at the Da Nang Hospital for Women & Children’s neonatal unit.

This is a longitudinal study that will examine long-term outcomes of former premature infants discharged from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the DHWC from July 2015 – July 2017. All infants less than 1500 grams and/or less than 34 weeks gestation are eligible for this follow-up study until at least 24 months of age. The infants will return to the follow up clinic to have a neurodevelopmental assessment completed by trained DHWC physicians at 6-9 months, 12-15 months, and 18-24 months corrected age.

The procedures at each follow-up visit will be for research purposes with the intent of these procedures eventually becoming part of standard follow-up clinic care.

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