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Regionalization of infant transports: the southern California experience and its implications. I: Referral pattern.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8410385     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The development and implementation of neonatal intensive care services have been essential components of perinatal regionalization during the past two decades. The transport of critically ill infants to regional neonatal intensive care units has played an important role in improving neonatal outcome. This article presents a profile of Southern California's 10-year infant transport experience (1979 through 1988) in terms of the following indicators: transport volume, cross-county referrals, distance travelled, referral pattern, and birth weight pattern. Findings point to the necessity of focusing attention on several critical issues confronting Southern California's neonatal services in the 1990s. They include adequacy of tertiary or intermediate bed capacity in neonatal intensive care units; appropriateness of existing infant referral practices; impact of maternal-fetal transports; availability of financing resources; and overall differences in morbidity and mortality rates between transported and nontransported infants in subpopulations.
H S Chiu; J F Vogt; L S Chan; C E Rother
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association     Volume:  13     ISSN:  0743-8346     ISO Abbreviation:  J Perinatol     Publication Date:    1993 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-11-04     Completed Date:  1993-11-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8501884     Medline TA:  J Perinatol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  288-96     Citation Subset:  IM    
Perinatal Dispatch Center of Southern California, Pasadena 91101.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight
Infant, Newborn
Intensive Care Units, Neonatal / utilization*
Program Evaluation
Referral and Consultation / statistics & numerical data*
Regional Medical Programs / utilization*
Transportation of Patients / statistics & numerical data*
Utilization Review

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