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The collapsed neonate 

The collapsed neonate
The collapsed neonate

Dr Jon McCormack

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date: 18 January 2020

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.

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