At the regional hospital in Lycksele, there is a maternity ward but paediatricians are only available during normal work hours. To support the unit in case of complications during child birth, specialists at the neonatal unit at Nus are available around the clock for video consultations. For this purpose, a resuscitation table has been equipped with a high resolution video camera to provide detailed images of the child, as well as a video conferencing system that makes it possible for obstetric staff or anaesthesiologists to communicate with paediatricians and neonatologists in Umeå. The technology makes it possible for specialists to assess the child's condition, suggest treatments or preparations for intensive care transport. The clinic delivers about 300 children annually and approximately one in a hundreds experiences complications in need of external support.
The neonatal department is, in addition, evaluating the possibility of using tablet computers for maintaining a video connection also during intensive care transports. There are about 160-170 such transports annually.
This text has been originally released in the following report: Telemedicine Survey in the County Council of Västerbotten -An analysis of the present situation, conditions and areas of improvement.