The neonatal guidelines presented on this site were developed by clinicians primarily for use by medical and nursing personnel working in newborn special care units throughout Victoria.
They detail the initial assessment and management of many common (and some rare but important) conditions encountered during the early newborn period.
They do not constitute a textbook, rather, they are designed to acquaint the reader rapidly with the clinical problem and provide practical advice regarding assessment and management.
These guidelines have been developed, where possible, by achieving consensus between practicing clinicians. They do not however necessarily represent the views of all neonatologists working in Melbourne’s Neonatal Intensive Care Units.
The recommendations contained in these guidelines do not indicate an exclusive course of action, or serve as a standard of medical care. Variations, taking individual circumstances into account, may be appropriate.
The authors of these guidelines have attempted to ensure the information upon which they are based is accurate and up to date. Users of these guidelines should confirm that the information contained within them, especially drug doses, is correct by way of independent sources. No responsibility is accepted for any inaccuracies or information perceived as misleading.