Use of telemedicine to support neonatal resuscitation

Semin Perinatol. 2021 Apr 5:151423. doi: 10.1016/j.semperi.2021.151423. Online ahead of print.


Neonatal tele-resuscitation programs use synchronous audio-video telemedicine systems to connect neonatologists with community hospital care teams during high risk resuscitations. Using tele-resuscitation, remote neonatologists can visualize and actively guide the resuscitation and stabilization of at-risk neonates. The feasibility of tele-resuscitation has been proven, and early evidence suggests that tele-resuscitation improves the quality of care, reduces unnecessary medical transports, and may generate a net savings to the health system. Community hospital staff and remote neonatologists are highly satisfied with tele-resuscitation programs. Tele-resuscitation presents an opportunity to improve healthcare delivery for neonates regardless of their birth location. The neonatology community should work to identify and rigorously study the value tele-resuscitation can bring to neonates, their families, and care teams.

PMID:33958229 | DOI:10.1016/j.semperi.2021.151423