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Saturday, 22 July 2006 09:10
BNN: British Nursing News Online · www.bnn-online.co.uk
All newborn babies should be checked for jaundice
Sir Liam Donaldson England's Chief Medical Officer has suggested that all newborn babies should be checked for jaundice to prevent unnecessary deaths from a related brain disease.

In his annual report, Sir Liam Donaldson called for more advice for parents about the warning signs of kernicterus.

He also asked the Government to consider offering a screening blood test to all new babies.

Sir Liam said: "We need to raise awareness among health professionals and parents to help tackle this preventable disease.

"I would like to see a national register of kernicterus, education and training programmes for health professionals and explicit advice for parents on what to look out for when they leave hospital and finally I would ask the National Screening Committee to consider the cost effectiveness of a bilirubin blood test to help identify the risk of kernicterus”.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is due to publish guidance on postnatal care which will include a section on jaundice recommending surveillance and investigation of any severe cases.


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