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Newborn transport in South Australia, 1978-80: experience of the Queen Victoria Hospital, Adelaide.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7070334     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
389 infants were transported to the Queen Victoria Hospital, Adelaide between 1978 and 1980. Twenty-three percent (99) of the infants were ventilated, and 49% (189) received intravenous or intra-arterial therapy. Fifty-six percent (217) of the infants required transport because of prematurity; 11% (46) because of perinatal asphyxia in babies weighing more than 2,500 g. Only one baby died during transport, while 14% of the babies died subsequently. A core temperature of less than 36 degrees C in either hospital is important; a cold baby is 3.5 times more likely to die (X2=25.46, P less than 0.001). The transport of babies over distances greater than 300 kilometres is peculiar to Australia. Significantly more of these babies were cold than those retrieved from hospitals near Adelaide (X2=4.7, P less than 0.05), and significantly more died. Difficulty in transferring mothers in preterm labour may be another reason these babies did relatively badly. Better education and facilities will be important if we are to improve their survival chances.
A G Davies; A M Fitzgerald; G W Dahlenburg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Medical journal of Australia     Volume:  1     ISSN:  0025-729X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. J. Aust.     Publication Date:  1982 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-06-21     Completed Date:  1982-06-21     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400714     Medline TA:  Med J Aust     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  70-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Asphyxia Neonatorum / therapy
Body Temperature
Congenital Abnormalities / therapy
Incubators, Infant*
Infant Mortality
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Newborn, Diseases / therapy
Infant, Premature, Diseases / therapy
Intensive Care Units, Neonatal
Referral and Consultation
Respiration, Artificial
Retrospective Studies
Transportation of Patients*

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