Hospital, infants and feeding: the importance of audit

Williams, Lesley Alison, Ware, Robert S. and Davies, Peter S. W. (2015) Hospital, infants and feeding: the importance of audit. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 51 7: 708-712. doi:10.1111/jpc.12824


Author Williams, Lesley Alison
Ware, Robert S.
Davies, Peter S. W.
Title Hospital, infants and feeding: the importance of audit
Journal name Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1034-4810
1440-1754
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/jpc.12824
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 51
Issue 7
Start page 708
End page 712
Total pages 5
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim: Infant feeding can be the reason for presentation and/or admission to hospital. The aim of this study was to identify if infant feeding history was documented in charts of infants presenting and/or admitted to a paediatric hospital.

Methods: A systematic random sample of hospital charts of infants who had presented to the emergency department between 1 July 2011 and 30 June 2012 was audited for presence of documentation of feeding.

Results: In total, 465 charts were audited, representing 12.5% of infants who presented to the emergency department in the year. Frequency of documentation for feeding measures was as follows: feeding mode, 263 (57%); feeding type, 228 (49%); feeding frequency, 119 (26%); and with changes 89 (19%) since birth. Increasing infant age was significantly associated with less frequent recording of feeding mode, type, frequency and changes.

Conclusion: A comprehensive feeding history is not recorded on many occasions of infant presentation and/or admission to hospital. The recording of feeding mode, type, frequency and changes is needed in order to explore the existence, or otherwise, of a relationship between feeding and the reason for presentation and/or admission.
Keyword Audit
Developed country
Feeding
Hospital
Infant
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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