Parental perspectives on neonatology and paediatric intensive care: EFCNI at the GNPI congress in Leipzig

The Annual Meeting of the Society for Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine (GNPI) traditionally is one of the most important platforms in Germany to exchange views and latest research in neonatology and paediatric intensive care. EFCNI Chair Silke Mader and Vice Chair Nicole Thiele took part in the 45th GNPI congress in Leipzig, Germany, from 23 to 25 May 2019.

In several talks and a dedicated session on the topic, Silke Mader shared the parents’ views on discharge management for very preterm infants and on facilitating the transition from paediatric to adult care. On Saturday, 25 May, a special focus was on the European Standards of Care for Newborn Health. Silke Mader highlighted from a family perspective, how important it is to implement the new standards. In their presentations, Professor Matthias Keller (Passau, Germany), Professor Andreas Flemmer (Munich, Germany), and Professor Christof Dame (Berlin, Germany) also contributed to the discussion on how standards and measurement can improve the quality of neonatal care.

In addition, EFCNI presented the new German edition of the information brochure about the European Standards of Care for Newborn Health (available HERE) and distributed information materials (e.g. factsheets on parenteral nutrition, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, etc.) at the congress booth. Download the factsheets at:

Another highlight was the kick-off of the fourth edition of A Strong Start for little Heroes (Starker Start für kleine Helden), EFCNI’s large-scale initiative to support neonatal intensive care units in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in the organisation of their own events on World Prematurity Day on 17 November. We would like to thank Nestlé Nutrition and our other partners involved in this campaign for their support.

The GNPI congress also was an excellent occasion to present the new workshop programme of the EFCNI Academy 2019. Like last year, EFCNI is going to offer workshops on the setup and organisation of milk banks in which experts will give insight into the work of established milk banks and share their experiences and expertise. The workshops are intended for paediatricians, lactation consultants, as well as other healthcare professionals who are interested in milk banks. The workshops are carried out in German – for more information, please download the event flyer (in German).

Download flyer EFCNI Academy

We thank the committee of the GNPI for the organisation and the invitation to this congress.

View the complete scientific programme of GNPI congress (in German) HERE.

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