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Characteristics and in-hospital outcomes of patients requiring aeromedical retrieval for pregnancy, compared to non-retrieved metropolitan cohorts

Fergus W Gardiner, Alice Richardson, Carly Roxburgh, Marianne Gillam, Leonid Churilov, Ruth McCuaig, Sean Carter, Christopher Arthur, Cynthia Wong, Adam Morton, Leonie Callaway, Karin Lust, Sarah J Davidson, Katie Foxcroft, Kiri Oates, Lucy Zhang, Sahani Jayawardane, Mathew Coleman, Michael Peek

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Limited access to obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G) services in rural and remote Australia is believed to contribute to suboptimal birth outcomes. AIMS: To describe the characteristics of pregnancy aeromedical transfers, in-hospital outcomes, and patient access to O&G services, as compared to whole of Australia data. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a cohort study of women who required aeromedical retrieval for pregnancy-related issues between the 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2017. RESULTS: Hospital outcome data were collected on 2171 (65.2%) mothers and 2438 (100.0%) babies. The leading retrieval reason was threatened preterm labour and delivery (n = 883; 40.7%). Most patien..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge the supporters and staff of the RFDS who made this research possible. We would also like to acknowledge the essential support we received from state, territory, and commonwealth Departments of Health during data collection. Special acknowledgement to Queensland Health, New South Wales Health, Australian Capital Territory Health, Northern Territory Health, and Western Australia Health. Without their support this study would not have been possible. There is no funding to declare.