Effectiveness of the neonatal transport team

J. L. Hood, A. Cross, B. Hulka, E. E. Lawson

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This study was performed to determine the effectiveness of a hospital-based transport team in lowering mortality in newborns. The medical records of 603 outborn infants weighing from 500 to 2,500 g and having primary respiratory disorders were reviewed. The infants were admitted to 1 of 3 regional neonatal centers between January 1, 1977 and September 30, 1980. The 2 centers without transport teams admitted 304 outborn infants, of whom 62 (20%) expired by 120 h of age. The center with a transport team admitted 184 team-transported infants and 115 nonteam-transported infants, of whom 38 (13%) expired by 120 h of age. Outborn infants admitted to the hospitals without a neonatal transport team had a 60% (p < 0.01) greater mortality compared to those admitted to the hospital with a transport team. At the onset of intensive care, the babies transported to the nonteam hospitals had a greater incidence of hypothermia and acidosis which may be related to their increased mortality. We conclude that hospitals without the services of a neonatal transport team may have significantly more deaths among low birth weight infants with respiratory disease than comparable hospitals with neonatal transport teams.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-423
Number of pages5
JournalCritical care medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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