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’n Ondersoek na die gehalte van interhospitaalvervoer van siek neonate deur geselekteerde ambulanse aan die Witwatersrand

J.C. Roux, A.G.W. Nolte, M.E. Muller
Curationis | Vol 12, No 3/4 | a239 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v12i3/4.239 | © 1989 J.C. Roux, A.G.W. Nolte, M.E. Muller | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 September 1989 | Published: 26 September 1989

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J.C. Roux,, South Africa
A.G.W. Nolte,, South Africa
M.E. Muller,, South Africa

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Abstract

The quality o f the inter hospital transport o f ill neonates, by selected ambulances in the Witwatersrand area, was investigated by means o f the case study method. O f the fifteen case studies investigated, eleven neonates were transported by a private ambulance and four by provincial ambulances. Data regarding the maternal- and neonatal history, the optimal maintenance o f the neonate's condition, the communication system, as well as aspects relating to the transport personnel, were collected by means o f a structured instrument. Retrospective auditing o f records, structured interviewing and direct observation/inspection were utilised as the research techniques. The quality o f the inter hospital transport o f ill neonates, especially by the private ambulance, is not up to standard. Deterioration o f the neonate’s body temperature, heart and respiration rates, as well as the serum glucose values after transport, were o f the more important findings. The lack o f equipment, especially in the private ambulance, increases the risk o f transport. Staff development and form al control by a local committee, as well as a national control body, are recommended.

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