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Neonatal trainees’ perspective and current training opportunities in neonatologist-performed echocardiography in the UK
  1. Yogen Singh1,2,
  2. Gautham Rajendran3,
  3. Sajeev Job1
  1. 1 Department of Paediatrics – Neonatology and Paediatric Cardiology, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK
  2. 2 University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK
  3. 3 Department of Neonatology, Royal London Hospital, London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Yogen Singh, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, UK; Yogen.Singh{at}nhs.net

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Neonatologist performed echocardiography (NPE) is now being considered an important skill for clinicians providing care to sick infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and it can help in making timely and accurate clincial decisions in the neonatal intensive care unit. Only a few centres have inhouse tertiary paediatric cardiology services in the UK, while majority of the NICUs depend on neonatologist-performed echocardiography (NPE) services. With the fast-changing role of functional echocardiography in the intensive care, skills in neonatologist performed echocardiography become even more important.1–3 Increasingly echocardiography is being used in the NICU for haemodynamic evaluation and to guide management in infants with haemodynamic instability. Recommendations for echocardiography training of neonatologists have been published.1–4 However, there …

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  • Contributors YS conceived the idea and led in conducting the survey. GR helped in conducting the survey and analysis. YS, GR and SJ contributed to the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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