Today marks the launch of PERIPrem: Perinatal Excellence to Reduce Injury in Premature Birth – a perinatal care bundle designed to boost rates of survival without brain injury in babies born pre-term.
Perinatal care bundles – collections of evidence-based clinical interventions, have the potential to reduce the risk of brain injury and death in premature babies, ensuring precious newborns are afforded healthy and happy futures.
The South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN) is working in partnership with the West of England Academic Health Science Network (WE AHSN) and the South West Neonatal Network to pilot test PERIPrem, the first bundle of its kind, across NHS trusts in the West and South West of England, where more premature babies are born with brain injury than in other regions of the UK.
The PERIPrem bundle comprises ten evidence-based clinical care interventions to reduce mortality in pre-term newborns and improve rates of survival free from brain injury in babies born before 32 week’s gestation. Among the interventions are antenatal steroids, delayed cord clamping and early breast milk.
PERIPrem will champion the work of the perinatal team; bringing together neonatologists, obstetricians, midwives and neonatal nursing staff to redesign the way in which pre-term babies and mothers are cared for, both ante- and post-natally. Together with the WE AHSN, the SW AHSN will work alongside parents and families to ensure that co-production is at the heart of the initiative.
The PERIPrem pilot builds on the success of PReCePT (Preventing Cerebral Palsy in PreTerm Labour) an initiative to reduce the risk of the brain disorder cerebral palsy in babies born early that was chosen for spread and adoption across England by the AHSN Network during 2018-20. If proven to be successful in the West and South West of England, the PERIPrem bundle will demonstrate its potential for similar spread across the country.
In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, the SW AHSN and WE AHSN have adapted PERIPrem to suit trust and staff need in the current context and climate, delivering online quality improvement training to front line teams and offering virtual spaces for regional collaboration.
Learn more about PERIPrem by visiting our webpage.
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