A decision has been made by senior commissioners to move to the HRG 2016 dataset for payment from April 2019. This is a major change which may result in trusts losing substantial income if you do not take action. Please see attached papers produced by NHS England which have been sent to all regional commissioning hubs this week.
BAPM is pleased to be endorsing PReCePT – a perinatal programme reducing the incidence of cerebral palsy by offering magnesium sulphate to women during preterm labour (less than 30 weeks). For every 37 mothers who receive magnesium sulphate, one case of cerebral palsy can be prevented, improving the quality of life of preterm babies and their families. One dose of magnesium sulphate costs from just £1.
BAPM has been notified of 3 instances, in a single unit within 24 hours, of intraperitoneal extravasation of parenteral nutrition fluid in preterm infants of less than 27 weeks gestation with Vygon double-lumen umbilical venous catheters in place.
The unit in question has contacted Vygon and the MHRA. Please be vigilant with such lines and notify BAPM of any adverse events with these.