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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2017 Jul - Aug;46(4):647-656. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2016.09.007. Epub 2017 Apr 23.

A Historical Perspective on the Transport of Premature Infants.


A premature newborn was first transported via helicopter from place of birth to a specialty nursery 50 years ago. Since that time, the care of high-risk and premature newborns has evolved, but specialized services are not always available at the birth site. As a result, the demand for newborn transfer continues to grow. Today, neonates are transported to tertiary centers via ground ambulances, helicopters, and airplanes by highly trained personnel using sophisticated incubators and equipment.


helicopter; history of premature care; history of transport; premature infant; premature infant care; regionalization of perinatal care

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