A trust in Devon has become one of only a handful of hospitals providing training in advanced resuscitation techniques for newborns and the first to do so in the South West.
Last week, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust was host to the first Advanced Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant (ARNI) course in the region.
“ARNI is a valuable opportunity for clinicians to learn from each other”
The new national course has been developed by the Resuscitation Council with the support of the parent and baby charity Bliss.
The course is aimed at nurses and nurse practitioners, as well as doctors, who provide care to sick babies in a hospital setting.
It pioneers a new approach to multidisciplinary training in the recognition and management of neonatal critical illness, with special emphasis on team working and communication with parents.
Dr John Madar, a consultant neonatologist at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, directed the course and is a member of the Resuscitation Council working group that developed and launched ARNI.
Dr Madar said: “ARNI is a valuable opportunity for clinicians to learn from each other, rehearsing how to best manage the sick baby, improve their team working, and to help parents cope with these immensely difficult situations.
Plymouth nurses trained in newborn resus approach
“Time is such a precious resource, but those of us who have been developing ARNI and those who have already attended believe that the days spent on this course are of real worth, with genuine potential to improve the delivery of care and ultimately outcomes,” he said.
Plymouth is only the fifth centre in the UK to run the course, which is currently rolling out nationally.
It builds on the knowledge and skills delivered through the national Newborn Life Support course.
Other ARNI courses are available at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, Hammersmith Hospital in London, University Hospitals of Leicester, James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and Manchester’s St Mary’s Hospital.