Neonatal vital statistics and transport in Hualien County

C. M. Chen, Chyh-Kae Huang

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Viral statistics on live births and transportation of high-risk neonates in Hualien County were analyzed retrospectively, according to the birth hospital classification level. The purposes of this study were to provide useful information for planning regional perinatal care and to allow the local population to efficiently use the medical resources and receive superior perinatal care. Fourteen hospitals (twelve level I and two level II, A and B) have maternity services in Hualien County. There were 4258 live births from July 1995 through May 1996. The percentage of very low birth weight babies at level I and level II hospitals was 0.3% and 1.1%, respectively; and low birth weight babies was 6.1% and 6.3%, respectively. The incidence of having low birth weight neonates according to maternal age is shown as below: <20 (14.1%), 20-24 (7.8%), 25-29 (5.8%), 30-34 (5.7%), ≤ 35 (9.3%). Sixty-two neonates were transported from level I to level II hospitals. None of the neonates died during transport. The incidence of transport morbidity was evaluated in 34 neonates transported to hospital A. Ten (29.4%) of these 34 neonates had cyanosis, hypothermia, hypoglycemia or acidemia. Twenty-eight (82.4%) of 34 neonates were transported by a family member and private vehicle. The full-time nursing and medical staff were not adequate to constitute a transport team in Hualien. In conclusion, we found that the relative lack of perinatal regionalization in Hualien may increase neonate morbidity during transportation and contribute to duplication and underutilization of effective neonatal techniques. We suggest that the goal of health policies in this area be to promote the regionalization of perinatal care and to increase the number of personnel on neonatal intensive care wards.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-13
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Neonatology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Neonate
  • Premature
  • Transport
  • Vital statistics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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