The Turkish Neonatal Society proposal for the management of COVID-19 in the neonatal intensive care unit

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ERDEVE Ö., Cetinkaya M., BAŞ A. Y., NARLI N., DUMAN N., Vural M., ...More

TURK PEDIATRI ARSIVI-TURKISH ARCHIVES OF PEDIATRICS, vol.55, no.2, pp.86-92, 2020 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 55 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.14744/turkpediatriars.2020.43788
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, EMBASE, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.86-92
  • Keywords: Coronavirus, COVID-19, guideline, neonatal intensive care unit, newborn, SARS-CoV-2, PREGNANCY
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Due to immaturity of immune function and the possibility of motherfetal vertical and aerosol transmissions, neonates are particularly susceptible to the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Perinatal-neonatal departments should cooperate closely and take integrated approaches, and neonatal intensive care units (NICU) should prepare emergency plans for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as far as possible, so as to ensure the optimal management and treatment of potential victims. During the epidemic of COVID-19, the emergency response plan for the NICU should be based on the actual situation, including diagnosis, isolation, and treatment, as well as available equipment and staffing, and take into account the psychosocial needs of the families and neonatal care staff. In this context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Turkish Neonatal Society has proposed a protocol with the evidence available at the time of preparation to handle neonates with SARS-CoV-2 infections and outbreaks in NICUs. We hope that this proposal can provide valuable information so medical workers do not have to enter the battlefield alone. At this moment, sharing resources, experiences and lessons, regardless of who you are, is our only chance to win.