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Baby Care Units

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is provided to maternity units on the provision of resuscitation cover for those units by a (a) paediatrician and (b) midwife trained in advanced resuscitation. (310357)

The Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts requires as a minimum:

“Resuscitation equipment that is available and ready for use at all times in all care settings where births occur; this must include the emergency department where there is one. A process for the availability of a clinician (doctors, advanced neonatal nurse practitioner, midwives) with advanced neonatal life support skills (including endotracheal intubation) at a delivery if required. A process for 24 hour availability in obstetric units, within 30 minutes, of a consultant paediatrician (or equivalent staff and associate specialist grade) trained and assessed as competent in neonatal advanced life support.”