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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Watchdog's recommendations to treat sick babies

  • Treating babies with suspected early-onset neonatal infection within one hour of the decision to treat
  • Using antibiotics benzylpenicillin and gentamicin as the first-choice treatment for suspected early-onset neonatal infection
  • Performing a blood culture before administering first dose of antibiotics
  • Offering child birth antibiotic prophylaxis in a timely manner to women whose babies are at higher risk of infection

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