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The NeoIPC project focuses on researching new approaches for prevention and treatment of resistant bacterial colonization and infections in neonatology.

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Worldwide, neonates and especially preterm infants are among the patient groups with the highest incidence of nosocomial infections. Critically ill babies are a highly vulnerable population for the acquisition of resistant bacteria. Some of these infections can be prevented by infection-prevention measures, which must be implemented in each individual neonatal unit and adapted to the specific infection risks of the patients. NeoIPC is establishing innovative approaches for optimal infection prevention of resistant bacteria in NICUs by integrating clinical research, implementation science and surveillance.

Who Are We?

We are an international team of clinicians and scientists from 13 collaborating partner institutions with a proven record in the areas of neonatal intensive care, neonatal infection, infection prevention and control (IPC), implementation science, microbiology, and surveillance.

In this project, the Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine of Charité coordinates the activities for the development and implementation of the NeoIPC-Surveillance.

What Are Our Goals?

In its simplest form, our main intent is to assist you with infection prevention measures and strategies (IPC) in your neonatal unit. To accomplish this, we have set the following goals:

  1.  Assess the effectiveness of interventions in a randomised controlled trial, while also ensuring identification of a suitable implementation strategy (NeoIPC-Trial).
  2. Generate widely relevant and globally transferable outputs to improve IPC in neonatal care through:

a.    Formation of a clinical practice network to support implementation of IPC in neonatal in neonatal care, including a variety of practices settings like neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), high care, special care and kangaroo care (NeoIPC-Clinical Practice Network).
b.    Development of an open structure for targeted surveillance of IPC processes and outcomes across a large variety of settings (NeoIPC-Surveillance).


Do You Want To Join Us?

Participation is completely free of charge and suitable for all neonatology departments. By becoming part of our network, you will be updated about new developments in our activities such as clinical practice network (CPN), surveillance and research. If you are interested, you are welcome to participate in any or all of these activities.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 965328.