Guidance issued on feeding of sick newborn babies

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 30 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1562
  1. Simon Frantz
  1. London

    Doctors have been absolved of negligence in the use of catheters for the intravenous feeding of sick newborn babies, according to a review of clinical practice by the Department of Health.

    The report highlights a difference in medical opinion, however, about where to place the catheter and concludes that more research is needed to examine the technique's safety.

    The review was commissioned by the chief medical officer for England, Professor Liam Donaldson, in response to the public …

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