From Healthy Newborn Network:

How do we prevent and manage preterm birth? This tool can give us a structured approach. The preterm continuum of care matrix is a comprehensive listing of evidence-based services and interventions. Interventions for care of women in preterm labor and those targeting care of the preterm/LBW newborn are aligned with the 2015 WHO Recommendations on Interventions to Improve Preterm Birth Outcomes.

The matrix provides an organized framework for the large number of evidence-based interventions along the pathway to care for non-pregnant and pregnant women, and mothers and preterm or LBW newborns. It can be used to initiate dialogue and coordination among stakeholders supporting maternal, newborn and reproductive health programs at the country level, identify gaps on the pathway to care, and guide the prioritization of services in response to preterm birth.

Click below to access the matrix.

Finding relevant research on neonatal nursing in Africa can be a challenge. Here is an interesting article looking at how some nurses address the challenges of short staffing.

Nursing practice is a key driver of quality care and can influence newborn health outcomes where nurses are the primary care givers to this highly dependent group. However, in sub-Saharan Africa, nursing work environments are characterized by heavy workloads, insufficient staffing and regular medical emergencies, which compromise the ability of nurses to provide quality care. Task shifting has been promoted as one strategy for making efficient use of human resources and addressing these issues.

Click here for the full article.

Heads up ! Its renewal time on the 1st of March.

We really encourage all Southern African neonatal nurses to join with us as we strive to improve outcomes for our precious neonates and to speak up for the needs of their carers. become a member on the 1st!

For all our faithful members this is a reminder that we now have a new process for renewing your membership. Just click on the link below on the 1st March, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Become a member.’ Various payment options for your annual R300 membership fee are available.

See the link below for details on how to renew if you are unsure.