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Full text - Managing newborn problems - A guide for doctors, nurses and midwivesManaging newborn problems: A guide for doctors, nurses and midwives


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335 pages - PDF (1570 KB)


A limited number of copies are available from the Reproductive Health Documentation Centre, on special request, free of charge to developing countries.



This guide has been produced by the World Health Organization to assist countries with limited resources in their efforts to reduce neonatal mortality and to ensure care for newborn babies with problems due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth, such as asphyxia, sepsis, and low birth weight or preterm birth.


The main section of this guide is arranged by clinical signs or findings, which facilitates early identification of illness, and provides up-to-date guidelines for clinical management. Use of these guidelines is essential in promoting and assessing the quality of health services and training providers and supporting quality services through supervision and feedback on performance.


The interventions in this guide are based on the latest available scientific evidence and the guide will be updated as new information is acquired. In addition, the diagnostic and management guidelines in this guide are consistent with the other WHO materials in the Integrated Management of Pregnancy and Childbirth (IMPAC) series, including Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Newborn Care: A Guide for Essential Practice and Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A Guide for Midwives and Doctors. This guide is complementary to the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) guidelines for care of the sick young infant: the major illnesses emphasized in this guide originate at birth or during the first week of life, while the illnesses covered in the IMCI guidelines generally originate after that period.


It is hoped that this guide will be readily available whenever a doctor, nurse, or midwife is confronted with a sick or small newborn baby. In addition, all of the guides in the IMPAC series can be used by national ministries of health to help ensure that countries have state-of-the-art information upon which to base their national policy standards, pre-service training, and service delivery guidelines.


For the guide to be fully effective, its users should also be trained in a setting where skills can be practised. Many training packages and job aids are available to accompany the guides in the IMPAC series.


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