Journal article

Aeromedical transfer of women at risk of preterm delivery in remote and rural Western Australia: why are there no births in flight?

Natalie Akl, Edwina A Coghlan, Elizabeth A Nathan, Stephen A Langford, John P Newnham

Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol | Published : 2012

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: For more than three decades, women at imminent risk of preterm birth (PTB) in Western Australia have been transferred by small aircraft over long distances to the single tertiary level perinatal centre in Perth, with no known case of birth during the flight. We aimed to review recent experience to understand how aircraft travel may delay PTB. DESIGN AND SETTING: Retrospective observational study of 500 consecutive Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) transfers of women at risk of preterm labour to the tertiary referral centre, from September 2007 to December 31, 2009. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: In-flight delivery, complications associated with transfer and factors associated with delay ..

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