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Attitude towards parents after the death of their newborn infant in a neonatal unit

Attitude towards parents after the death of their newborn infant in a neonatal unit

Anales Espanoles de Pediatria 36(6): 419-422

We have analyzed the neonatology team's actions, as well as the parent's reactions, after the death of a newborn baby in the Intensive Care Unit. A questionnaire was drawn-up and sent to 180 parents of decreased newborn babies in order to get to know their opinions about certain aspects related to their experience in the hospital. Only 49 out of the 180 (27.2%) questionnaires were sent back. From their answers, we would like to stress their positive opinion regarding both the medical care (95%) and the information that they received (93%). The suggestion that the hospital should have a trained team of trained professionals available to provide psychological support in such situations was made in 95.9% of the questionnaires. This analysis has justified changes in our team's procedure when confronted with newborn deaths.

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