Prevention of Cerebral Palsy in PreTerm Labour

The quality improvement programme Prevention of Cerebral Palsy in PreTerm Labour (PreCePT), led by clinicians at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and at the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), won a Health Service Journal (HSJ) Patient Safety Award in the Maternity and Midwifery Services Initiative of the Year category on 2 July 2019.

Premature birth is the main cause of brain injury and cerebral palsy in babies. Through PReCePT, women going into early labour under 30 weeks are offered magnesium sulphate, which helps to protect their babies’ brains. As a result, fewer babies are likely to develop cerebral palsy, improving quality of life for both preterm babies and their families. A dose of magnesium sulphate costs from just £1. Find out more about the PReCePT programme.

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