Why this project
Nearly 1 in 10 newborns in Europe is admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in the first days of life, around 400,000 admissions every year.
In low and middle-income countries, the rate of hospital births is increasing, with more critically ill infants being cared for in dedicated care units.
While care in a neonatal unit results in a greater chance of survival in newborns with serious illness, it also increases the risk of exposure to bacteria from the hospital environment. These can cause serious infections in babies, which are commonly resistant to many routinely used antibiotics.
Colonisation with resistant bacteria is a major problem for several reasons: the colonised babies are at higher risk of severe infection, but they are also a source of resistant bacteria being introduced to the hospital environment, which can potentially infect other babies in the unit.
NeoIPC is establishing innovative approaches for optimal infection prevention of resistant bacteria in NICUs by integrating clinical research, implementation science and surveillance.
Goals and objectives
The goals of NeoIPC are:
- Develop and implement an innovative approach towards the evaluation of infection prevention and control interventions
- Assess the effectiveness of interventions in a randomised controlled trial, while also ensuring identification of a suitable implementation strategy
- Generate widely relevant and globally transferrable outputs to improve infection prevention and control in neonatal care
We want to develop a Neonatal Infection and Prevention Control (IPC) Research and Implementation Network. To do so, we:
- Bring and connect units together in a global Clinical Practice Network
- Encourage greater involvement of units in IPC planning and delivery
- Improve dissemination of relevant tools and materials
- Facilitate participation in surveillance of IPC processes and outcomes
We are building a platform for research into IPC interventions in neonatal intensive care. Our platform will:
- Establish standard IPC assessments for quality improvement and research
- Use innovative research methods to evaluate IPC interventions
- Accelerate neonatal IPC evidence generation and implementation
- Improve availability of tested cost-effective models for prevention and treatment of bacterial infections in health care settings with high prevalence of resistant infections
- Reduce the spread of resistant hospital-acquired infections in neonatal intensive care units and hospital settings
- Generation of knowledge useful for other countries around the globe, including low-middle income countries, in order to benefit their local population and diminish the global spread of resistant bacteria