Transport of extremely low birth weight neonates for persistent ductus arteriosus closure in the catheterization lab

Adam Willis, Lillia Pereiras, Tim Head, Genevieve Dupuis, Janet Sessums, Gordon Corder, Kim Graves, Jack Tipton, Shyam Sathanandam

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Objective: The objective of this article is to describe the elements involved with transporting extremely low birth weight (ELBW) infants from referring centers to our center’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and then from the NICU to the catheterization lab for transcatheter closure of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). Setting: Several referring centers are over 300 miles away. ELBW infants are transferred in to our NICU safely for the procedure and transferred back following the procedure. A multidisciplinary team approach is necessary in order to achieve a safe transport of these fragile patients. Patients: To date, we have over 12 centers referring patients that weigh <1000 g for transcatheter PDA closure (TCPC). Three of these centers are over 300 miles away. Five other centers are between 100 and 300 miles from the hospital in which we perform TCPC. Interventions: Fixed-wing aircrafts are necessary for long-distance transfers. Various modes of mechanical ventilators including transport oscillators are built into temperature- and humidity-controlled incubators in which these infants are transported. Ambulances are used to take the patient between the airport and the hospital. Shorter distance transports are accomplished via helicopters or ambulances. Transfer from the NICU to the catheterization lab to perform TCPC is a relatively easier endeavor. Outcome Measures: Patients’ body temperature, fluid balance, and hemodynamics have to be maintained throughout the transport and the procedure for best outcomes. Results: There has been 100% procedural success of performing TCPC in ELBW infants with no hemodynamic compromise during transport. Conclusions: TCPC has shown promise in improving overall patient outcomes that the potential hazards associated with complex transport measures are worth it. Successful transfer to and from referring centers and to and from the catheterization lab can be accomplished safely with increasing institutional experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-73
Number of pages5
JournalCongenital Heart Disease
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Ductus Arteriosus
Low Birth Weight Infant
Catheterization
Neonatal Intensive Care Units
Extremely Low Birth Weight Infant
Newborn Infant
Patent Ductus Arteriosus
Air Ambulances
Hemodynamics
Airports
Incubators
Ambulances
Water-Electrolyte Balance
Aircraft
Body Fluids
Mechanical Ventilators
Humidity
Body Temperature
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Temperature

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Transport of extremely low birth weight neonates for persistent ductus arteriosus closure in the catheterization lab. / Willis, Adam; Pereiras, Lillia; Head, Tim; Dupuis, Genevieve; Sessums, Janet; Corder, Gordon; Graves, Kim; Tipton, Jack; Sathanandam, Shyam.

In: Congenital Heart Disease, Vol. 14, No. 1, 01.01.2019, p. 69-73.

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Willis, A, Pereiras, L, Head, T, Dupuis, G, Sessums, J, Corder, G, Graves, K, Tipton, J & Sathanandam, S 2019, 'Transport of extremely low birth weight neonates for persistent ductus arteriosus closure in the catheterization lab', Congenital Heart Disease, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 69-73. https://doi.org/10.1111/chd.12706
Willis, Adam ; Pereiras, Lillia ; Head, Tim ; Dupuis, Genevieve ; Sessums, Janet ; Corder, Gordon ; Graves, Kim ; Tipton, Jack ; Sathanandam, Shyam. / Transport of extremely low birth weight neonates for persistent ductus arteriosus closure in the catheterization lab. In: Congenital Heart Disease. 2019 ; Vol. 14, No. 1. pp. 69-73.
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