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Fewer Cot Deaths At Wishaw General
A new UK-wide report has revealed that, for the second consecutive year, NHS Lanarkshire had a lower number of stillbirth and neonatal deaths for babies delivered at Wishaw General Hospital compared with similar hospitals.
The MBRRACE-UK (Mothers and Babies Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries) perinatal mortality report shows that, of the 4802 births within NHS Lanarkshire in 2014, still births were up to 10 per cent lower and neonatal deaths were more than 10 per cent lower compared with similar trusts and health boards across the UK.
Dr Dina McLellan, consultant obstetrician, said: “We welcome the publication of the latest MBRRACE-UK report. Providing safe and effective care for all babies in the maternity and neonatal units at Wishaw General Hospital is our top priority.”
Last year Wishaw General Hospital became the first hospital in Scotland to install the HeRO (Heart Rate Observation) system within the neonatal unit.
The HeRO system monitors all 29 neonatal cots in the hospital including eight neonatal intensive care beds.
The system monitors the heart rate of premature and sick babies providing early warning of irregularities that could indicate the development of infection – a leading cause of death in vulnerable babies.
Dr Samuel Ibhanesebhor, consultant neonatologist and clinical director, said: “While more babies are surviving premature births than ever before, there is no doubt that the earlier a baby is born, the greater the risk to their health. Receiving an early warning that a baby is at risk of falling ill enables clinical staff to act at an early stage.
“The HeRO system will enable us to progress in the fight against neonatal infection and save the lives of vulnerable babies for years to come.”