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Warning over baby infections

The heathcare watchdog claims some hospitals are causing unnecessary delays in treating newborn babies suffering infections. New guidance has been published after variations were found in the treatment of babies with early-onset neonatal infection.

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Risks to new born babies of neonatal infection

  • Early-onset neonatal infection occurs within 72 hours of birth
  • Causes the death of one in four babies who are diagnosed, even when they are given antibiotics
  • Nice's recommendations have now urged medical staff to treat infected babies within an hour of diagnosis
  • The watchdog also says antibiotics should be used appropriately to avoid the development of bacterial resistance to treatment.

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