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Telemed for Newborn Resuscitations: Finding the Right Technology

By Jennifer L. Fang, MD, FAAP1; Beth L. Kreofsky, MBA2; Matt Bushman, BS1; Lisa A. Stubert, PMP2; Hussain Mohammed3; Kathleen D. Stuart3; Joan K. Broers, MS, RN2; Robert V. Johnson, MD, FAAP1; Christopher E. Colby, MD, FAAP1

JenniferFangMinnesota’s current regionalized perinatal care system is designed to ensure that high-risk deliveries occur in tertiary care centers in order to optimize neonatal outcomes. However, an expectant mother’s access to these advanced-level services may be limited due to various factors including geography, transportation, or unanticipated need. When high-risk deliveries occur in community hospitals, the local providers may have limited expertise and resources to optimally respond to these newborn emergencies.

To address this issue, Mayo Clinic’s Division of Neonatal Medicine and Center for Connected Care have implemented telemedicine for high-risk neonatal resuscitations in six community-based health system sites over the last 24 months. This includes hospitals located in Blue Earth, Freeborn, Goodhue, Martin, Mower and Olmsted counties. To date, this video telemedicine service has been activated 70 times for a variety of cases, such as resuscitation of the extremely preterm infant, management of meconium aspiration syndrome, and identification of congenital anomalies.

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