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Improving documentation in the intensive care environment
  1. L C Winckworth,
  2. S Hines
  1. Department of Neonatal, University College Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr L C Winckworth, Neonatal Unit, University College Hospital, 235 Euston Road, London NW1 2BU, UK; lucinda_winckworth{at}

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Intubations are commonly performed in neonatal units but record keeping is often poor. Proper documentation of procedures is important, not only as a legal record, but to provide information for subsequent team members. This is especially relevant in intubations where, for example, the ease of passing the tube, the grade view and the size used could influence subsequent procedures.

We reviewed the medical notes of all babies (n=138) admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit over a 2-month period and extracted information regarding each intubation. An intubation-specific …

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  • Contributors Both authors contributed equally to the data collection and approved the final manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.