Evaluation of advanced neonatal nurse practitioners: confidential enquiry into the management of sentinel cases

M P Ward Platt, K Brown et al.
Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition 2004, 89 (3): F241-4

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the quality of the neonatal care delivered by an advanced neonatal nurse practitioner led service at Ashington Hospital, Northumberland.

SETTING: Maternity service with no resident paediatric medical input.

DESIGN: Comparison of quality measures on sentinel cases with five comparator hospitals using modified confidential enquiry.

RESULTS: On six out of seven dimensions, the neonatal nurse practitioner service performed better than the average of the five comparator hospitals, and overall ranked second.

CONCLUSION: Good quality neonatal care can be delivered by advanced neonatal nurse practitioners alone, without the support of resident junior paediatricians.

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