| Sep 5, 2012
September 2012 Update from Tiny Tickers
Tiny Tickers continues to work to improve the early detection, diagnosis and care of heart babies in the UK, thanks to your generous donations.
Here is an update on areas where we've made important progress, since our last report in June ...
Progress on posters
We are developing new posters that can be put in every maternity hospital. These posters feature 5 important views of the heart that can identify structural heart defects using medical ultrasound with the addition of Colour Doppler.
Colour Doppler shows blood flow and can demonstrate if blood flow is reversed due to a heart defect that may not be obvious using ultrasound alone.
This new poster will help to improve sonographers' knowledge of how the heart looks and help them identify heart defects and will raise awareness of the need to look in detail at the heart.
What is a Heart Champion?
In June we reported on Heart Champions, but what is one? These are sonographers, based in local maternity hospitals with a special interest in improving heart screening. Local experts are an important step in increasing detection of heart babies.
Important news on Pulse Oximetry
Dr Andy Ewer who has joined our panel of expert medical advisers is meeting the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination Programme (NIPE) to discuss the way forward with Pulse Oximetry later this month. If NIPE say yes to Pulse Oximetry - then it will be a matter of how and when, but if NIPE say no, we will need to campaign again.
Dr Ewer is Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Neonatal Pediatrics at the University of Birmingham and Scientific Member, National Medicines for Children Clinical Studies Group. He has published studies and been a leading voice for the introduction of Pulse Oximetry for all newborns to detect low oxygen saturation which is linked to certain congenital heart defects.
We now have a new video on YouTube that shares a family’s experience of having a baby with a congenital heart defect: www.youtube.com/tinytickers
If you would like to read more about other families’ experiences of heart problems, their stories they can be found at: www.tinytickers.org/content/experiences
There is also a video for corporate support. Anyone whose company wants to support Tiny Tickers, can find more information, here: www.tinytickers.org/content/get-your-company-involved
Thank you very much for your continued support.