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Interhospital transfer of premature neonates from intensive to lower care settings: impact on the clinical condition
  1. de Preud’homme d’Hailly de Nieuport Stephanie MI1,
  2. Ron van Beek2,
  3. René F Kornelisse3,
  4. Gerdien Tramper-Stranders4
  1. 1 Department of Neonatology, Franciscus Gasthuis, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  2. 2 Department of Neonatology, Amphia Hospital, Breda, Netherlands
  3. 3 Department of Neonatology, Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s Hospital, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  4. 4 Department of Neonatology, Franciscus Gasthuis and Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s Hospital, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gerdien Tramper-Stranders, Franciscus Gasthuis, Kleiweg 500, 3045 PM Rotterdam, Netherlands; g.tramper{at}franciscus.nl

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Limited data are available on the outcomes of interhospital neonatal transports of premature infants from intensive to lower care settings by ambulance. Available data come from studies that only covered the outcomes of the transportation of critically ill premature neonates to neonatal intensive care units (NICU); undesirable outcomes have been reported.1 2 Transport of clinically stable premature infants from NICUs to lower care settings allows further neonatal treatment in the vicinity of the family home. The clinical impact of this interhospital transport is unknown and not quantified before. Therefore, we investigated the impact of these transfers from an NICU to regional hospitals in the Netherlands.

All premature neonates who were transferred between a tertiary centre NICU …

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