Phlebotomy is the primary cause of anemia in neonates – many extremely low birth weight infants will lose 10 – 20 ml/kg of blood per week to testing.
These losses not only cause anemia but also result in pain for the infant and increase transfusion requirements.
The frequency of blood testing varies from NICU to NICU and it is possible that some excessive testing occurs in most units.
A clinical audit can be very useful in identifying whether or not your NICU has room for a reduction in blood testing frequency.
We have developed a new audit tool to make it easy to conduct your audit and then re-audit after any policy changes.
The tool (an Excel workbook) automatically tabulates and charts the results of your audit.
Download this tool