It's been a very busy few months at Tiny Tickers - we are about to kick off a big project to train 250 sonographers working across Yorkshire and the Humber to be better able to detect congenital heart defects in babies during the 20 week pregnancy scan. This will make a huge difference to the 500+ babies born every year in the region with a potentially life-threatening heart condition.
As part of this project, we are going to be producing a series of e-training videos for health professionals that gives a clearer understanding of how to detect each of the 4 most common heart defects during an ultrasound. These videos will be accessible to any sonographer as and when the need arises.
In addition, we have begun writing family support materials for those parents with a new diagnosis and will be aiming to have these packs ready to send out to those who need them by the autumn.
And finally, we are also working hard to redevelop our website so that parents and professionals can access the information and support they need.
All of our projects are working to ensure that babies with a heart problem get the best start. We are delighted that prenatal detection rates of CHD has increased from 42% to 45% across the UK in the past 2 years. We want them to be even higher but this is great progress!
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