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Prospective identification of new-born infants in maternity wards who are clinically deteriorating may be assisted with the use of early identification tools.
Differences in physiological norms between late preterm, early-term and post-term new-born infants may limit the performance ‘one size fits all’ neonatal early warning tools.
Additional research about ‘early warning’ tools for new-born infants in maternity wards is needed. Specifically, refinement and re-evaluation of identification criteria are required to optimise detection characteristics as there is limited consensus on ‘critical’ and ‘subcritical’ physiological indicators for new-born populations.
Further consideration of how provider expertise is integrated within the tools to support timely identification is also required.
Neonates in maternity nurseries are undergoing complex transitions from the intrauterine environment to …
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