In this postwar era of hospital planning, construction and reconstruction, considerable thought and money have gone into the various hospital services. Nationally, interest in the standards of newborn care has been expressed by several groups,1 and has, of course, been stimulated by the federal Hospital Survey and Construction Act. The pediatrician must actively participate in planning the newborn service.
The service for newborn infants should be under the direct supervision of the pediatric staff of the hospital; this principle has been adopted in many of the teaching hospitals in this country and should be extended to all hospitals. As a corollary of this principle, a qualified pediatrician, usually the director of the pediatric service, should be the director of the newborn service. He should have the responsibility for the establishment of the technical pediatric policies and procedures and for the supervision of the newborn service, so that
Slobody LB, Wallace HM. PRINCIPLES AND FACILITIES FOR THE CARE OF NEWBORN INFANTS IN THE HOSPITAL. JAMA. 1951;146(16):1462–1465. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670160004002
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