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Transporting newborns with transposition of the great arteries
Article first published online: 3 JAN 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2013 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 49, Issue 1, pages E68–E73, January 2013
How to Cite
Woods, P., Browning Carmo, K., Wall, M. and Berry, A. (2013), Transporting newborns with transposition of the great arteries. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 49: E68–E73. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12066
- Issue published online: 16 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 3 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 MAY 2012
- perinatal care;
- transposition of great vessels
The aim of the study was to examine the prevalence and management of outborn babies with a post-natally confirmed diagnosis of transposition of the great arteries (TGA) requiring transport by the Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS), New South Wales during the epoch 1991–2010.
A retrospective audit of NETS database and case notes. The physiological status, interventions and any complications encountered from the point of referral to NETS (pre-transport), stabilisation (transport) and subsequent admission to the receiving hospital (post-transport) were evaluated.
One hundred fifty-seven infants with TGA were transported, with an average of eight per year (1:11 598 births). Seven (4%) had an antenatal diagnosis, and 72 (46%) had a post-natal diagnosis prior to referral. Physiological and clinical parameters demonstrated overall clinical stability; however, 47% of the babies had a PaO2 <30 mmHg, and approximately one-fifth had oxygen saturations <70%. Rates of mechanical ventilation and prostaglandin E1 administration were approximately 50%. A quarter of transported babies encountered a transport-related event, including one death and two babies for which a decision was reached to forego life-sustaining treatment at the referring hospital.
Most newborns with TGA remain stable or improve during transport. There is a rate of adverse events; however, this reinforces the need to facilitate delivery where there is ready access to interventional paediatric cardiology services.