Journal article

Transport of infants with congenital heart disease: benefits of antenatal diagnosis

Neelam Gupta, Louise Leven, Michael Stewart, Michael Cheung, Neil Patel

European Journal of Pediatrics | SPRINGER | Published : 2014

Abstract

UNLABELLED: Infants with significant congenital heart disease (CHD) typically require transport from their birth centre to a regional paediatric cardiac centre. Antenatal diagnosis of CHD allows early pre-emptive stabilisation, and is associated with improved early clinical status. However, the effect of antenatal diagnosis on the transport characteristics of infants with CHD has not been previously investigated. The aim of this study was to compare the transport characteristics of infants with antenatal and postnatal diagnosis of CHD. This study is a retrospective cohort study of all infants of ≤10 days and ≥34 weeks of gestation with CHD admitted to the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne..

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