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With the presence of the neonatal networks in many countries, it became easy to collect similar neonatal data from different units where ever their locations are. Over the years, Networks showed to help in improving the quality of neonatal care, and provide access to the appropriate neonatal unit and a seamless pathway of care across all levels of care. By setting up and managing neonatal care in this way there is improved communication and by working together as a Network this allows the concentration of skills and expertise where they are required. In Saudi Arabia such National Neonatal Networks do not exist, however a few units are included in some international networks that are different from our set up. The Saudi Neonatology Society adopted the database that was developed at King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, in collaboration with The Australian New Zealand Neonatal Network. The Network consists of a database that includes information about the care and outcomes of high-risk newborn infants. The database will provide a complete record of unique, reliable and confidential data to participating units on a yearly basis. As it is known our society is different from others in terms of ethnicity, consanguinity and the provided neonatal care. These variations were put in consideration when the network was customized. The Network disseminates the results of its work in annual (ad hoc auditing is potentially available) Network mailings to all participating NICUs. In order to identify areas of interest for qualitative improvement, the in-charge members of the participating institution will meet in a regular basis to discuss hospital to hospital comparisons. The process of set up of the software has already started in three hospitals with more hospitals interested in joining. We look at the beginning of next year as a set date for collecting data at the national level. However, hospitals have already started trialling data collection for their own local audit.

For further inquiries, you can contact Dr. Fahad Al.Harbi .