Ireland lacks consensus on neonatal vitamin K prophylaxis

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7320.1068 (Published 03 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1068
  1. Roy K Philip, consultant neonatologist (roykphilip@yahoo.co.uk),
  2. Riswan Gul, registrar in neonatology,
  3. Margo Dunworth, sister, neonatal intensive care unit,
  4. Noreen Keane, sister, neonatal intensive care unit
  1. Regional Maternity Hospital, Limerick, Republic of Ireland

    EDITOR—Ansell et al reported considerable variations in policies concerning the use of prophylactic vitamin K in the United Kingdom.1 With the published data supporting and not refuting the association of neonatal vitamin K with childhood malignancies, 2 3 the current practice of several policies is of serious concern. A lack of consensus was also shown in a national survey we conducted in the Republic of Ireland.

    Relevant information was collected by using a questionnaire from all the 23 maternity units, and …

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