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Crit Care Res Pract. 2013;2013:632474. doi: 10.1155/2013/632474. Epub 2013 Feb 24.

Noninvasive Monitoring during Interhospital Transport of Newborn Infants.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada 11405-87 ; Neonatal Research Unit, Royal Alexandra Hospital, 10240 Kingsway Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, Canada T5H 3V9 ; Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Medical University of Graz, 8010 Graz, Austria.


The main indications for interhospital neonatal transports are radiographic studies (e.g., magnet resonance imaging) and surgical interventions. Specialized neonatal transport teams need to be skilled in patient care, communication, and equipment management and extensively trained in resuscitation, stabilization, and transport of critically ill infants. However, there is increasing evidence that clinical assessment of heart rate, color, or chest wall movements is imprecise and can be misleading even in experienced hands. The aim of the paper was to review the current evidence on clinical monitoring equipment during interhospital neonatal transport.

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