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Fit to fly: practical challenges in neonatal transfers by air
  1. C H Skeoch1,
  2. L Jackson1,
  3. A M Wilson2,
  4. P Booth3
  1. 1Princess Royal Maternity, Glasgow G31 2ER, Scotland, UK;
  2. 2Queen Mother’s Hospital, Glasgow G3 8SJ
  3. 3Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, Cornhill Road, Aberdeen AB25 2ZL, Scotland, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr SkeochPrincess Royal Maternity, Alexandra Parade, Glasgow G31 2ER, Scotland, UK;


Air transport of infants in incubators should be undertaken in a manner that is safe for both staff and infant and satisfies all directives by appropriate regulatory bodies. In Scotland during the last two years, certification of an infant incubator system for use in both rotary and fixed wing aircraft has been accomplished. This is a report of the issues addressed during this project, which will be common to all neonatal transport services intending to develop air transport capability.

  • CEN, European committee for standardisation
  • EASA, European aviation safety agency
  • iNO, inhaled nitric oxide
  • NeTS, neonatal transport service
  • SAS, Scottish Ambulance Service
  • TIS, transport incubator system
  • air transport

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  • Competing interests: CHS and LJ have received financial support from Paraid UK Ltd to attend a neonatal conference.

  • Consent for publication was obtained from the subjects shown in figs 2 and 3