For the best start in life
The European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI) is the first pan-European organisation and network to represent the interests of preterm and newborn infants and their families.
We bring together parents, healthcare experts from different disciplines, and scientists with the common goal of improving long-term health of preterm and newborn children. Our vision is to ensure the best start in life for every baby.
With our activities we want to reduce preterm birth rates, ensure the best possible treatment, care, and support and to improve the long-term health of preterm infants and newborns with illnesses.
Campaigns & projects
11 Months – 11 Topics
October is dedicated to the topic of Patient safety & hygiene practice. Infants admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit are extremely vulnerable and thus at a high risk of being harmed by lapses in quality or safety. Hygiene is an additional major issue in the NICU. Please have a look at our European Standards of Care for Newborn Health project and the standards in this field, to learn more about how a holistic concept for patient safety and hygiene practice contributes to the prevention of healthcare-associated infections.
The European Standards of Care for Newborn Health project is an interdisciplinary collaboration to develop standards of care for key topics in newborn health. The newly developed standards are supported by 108 healthcare professional societies and 50 parent organisations worldwide. The standards were launched in the European Parliament in Brussels on 28 November 2018.