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Vitamin K Administration to Newborn Infants to Prevent Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding in Infancy (Joint) Position Statement - 2010

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Vitamin K Administration to Newborn Infants to Prevent Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding in Infancy (Joint) Position Statement - 2010

In 2000, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) developed the Joint statement and recommendations on Vitamin K administration to newborn infants to prevent vitamin K deficiency bleeding in infancy , inĀ  collaboration with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australian College of Midwives. This was reviewed and reissued in March 2006.

Further to the review of the Joint Statement undertaken in 2006, in January and February 2010 a literature review on vitamin K prophylaxis to newborns was undertaken by NHMRC staff. The literature review was sent to the collaborators of the original Joint Statement as well as Australian State and Territory health departments for advice and comments. Comments were received and an overall consensus was that there had not been any substantial new literature on vitamin K prophylaxis to newborns, as well as on the new KonakionĀ® MM Paediatric formulation, and as such the recommendations in the Joint Statement remained current.

This revised Joint Statement was widely consulted, including receiving advice from clinicians, government health departments, professional colleges and the Council of NHMRC in 2010.

Full information can be found on the NHMRC website.

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