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The collapsed neonate

Dr Jon McCormack

in Oxford Case Histories in Anaesthesia

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print December 2014 | ISBN: 9780198704867
Published online March 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191789526 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780198704867.003.0054

Series: Oxford Case Histories

The collapsed neonate

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Whilst the definitive management of a critically ill neonate involves complex therapeutic interventions delivered by teams led by neonatologists, the geography of modern living dictates that a collapsed neonate may present to any acute care facility across the country which may have very limited medical, nursing, and anaesthetic resources. Seemingly well neonates may have been discharged home, within hours to days of birth, to remote, rural or island communities, and medical teams in those areas may have to deliver fundamental neonatal intensive care for a considerable period of time before a transport team can retrieve the patient. This discussion serves to outline the key diagnoses presenting in the collapsed neonate and what interventions could be offered by the anaesthetic team whilst awaiting retrieval.

Chapter.  2919 words. 

Subjects: Anaesthetics

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