New Stabilisation Cot for Baby Transfers

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Tuesday, 8 July 2014
A new stabilisation cot given to Portland District Health will help when babies need to transfer to larger hospitals.

Sixteen V808 Atom Transcapsules were purchased by the Department of Human Services for regional rural areas to relieve pressure on Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Retrieval (PIPER) services for low risk neonatal transfers.

Western District Health Services and South West Healthcare received stabilisation cots from Parker Health Care.

However, South West Healthcare decided that PDH would benefit more from having the cot.

A representative from Parker Health handed over the cot and provided in-service training to PDH midwives, obstetricians Dr David Morris and Dr Ghazala Irshad, accident and emergency staff and Portland paramedics.

Midwifery Team Leader Colleen Hanmer said it would be used to transfer babies to another hospital.

It will be used after consultation with the PIPER team and it is decided that an unwell baby needs to be transferred to a tertiary hospital, most probably Warrnambool Base Hospital special care nursery, for ongoing special care with a paediatrician,she said.

Director of Nursing Ros Alexander thanked South West Healthcare for the allocation.

It was a thoughtful decision that recognises the important links between our hospitals,Ms Alexander said.


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