Aren’t neonatal clotting samples tricky! They are often crucially important for patient care, eg if surgery is planned or the baby is critically unwell. How can clinicians ensure their samples give accurate results and are not reported as “clotted”- We will give some top tips and some background theory in this article.
Category Archives: Expert opinon/ blog post
Ward rounds – what’s the point?
One of our senior trainees reflects upon developing skills leading the ward round and reflects that there may be more to this daily event than first meets the eye.
Left Holding the Baby: Managing a Clinical Service
A reflective piece on an unexpected short spell in management, sharing what I learned.
Neonatology in the Spotlight
I remember my supervisor once telling me that although neonatal medicine is a little fish in a big pond, it creates far-reaching ripples. In this post, I am going to describe an overview and signpost to the interventions currently focussed on improving neonatal care in our network and in the UK.
The NICU Team: The Unsung Shining Stars
The survival of a sick or premature baby requires hard work and dedication from the whole team, including the family. How often do we take time to understand all these roles and celebrate the efforts of the individuals involved? Understanding the roles of others in the team can help us work together more effectively.
It was my pleasure to talk with Sharon, who works as a cleaner in our NICU department at St Michael’s.
Finely Balanced: Preoperative Congenital Heart Disease
At St Mike’s, we provide care for newborn infants with an antenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease. For newcomers to the medical team in the unit, attending these deliveries can be an anxious prospect. This blog post is written to give some general pointers about the clinical problems you could encounter in the infant with preoperative congenital heart disease.
Blog-post: Stepping Up Week
Dr Liam Mahoney shares his reflections on his first week “acting up” in the consultant role in NICU.
Re-thinking simulation in the Covid-era
This post describes how we have adapted our simulation programme in the pandemic.
Blog post: Improving Quality of Quality Improvement
Are you befuddled by acronyms in quality improvement? Can you tell your audit from your elbow? Or your Fishbone from your Driver diagram? Would you like to know more about change in the NHS? This short article is a beginner’s guide to QI and a pitch as to why it is a cornerstone of clinicalContinue reading “Blog post: Improving Quality of Quality Improvement”