Think HEART!

The Think HEART initiative was  Pioneered by Dr. Joan LaRovere, Director of Royal Brompton Hospital's (RBH) Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Heart rate - too fast or slow? (normally 100 to 160 beats per minute)

Energy & Eating - sleepy, quiet, too tired to eat, falling asleep during feeds?

Arterial Saturation - a blue, dusky or grey colour (normal oxygen saturations 95-100%)?

Respiration - breathing too fast or slow? (normally 40-60 breaths per minute)

Temperature - cold to touch - particularly hands and feet?

"Think HEART gives health professionals not specifically trained in cardiology the skills, knowledge and confidence to spot potential heart problems in newborn babies. It will also empower PARENTS to spot any potential health problems at home and will hopefully give them the confidence to take action."

If you think your baby might be demonstrating any of the above please talk to your GP immediately and ask to be referred to a paediatric doctor to investigate the symptoms further. Too many babies with CHD go undiagnosed until they go home and parents begin to struggle. With this simple initiative we may be able to bring CHD to the attention of doctors faster and help more babies to survive.

IF YOUR BABY IS REALLY STRUGGLING DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL 999
Babies and children deteriorate FAST

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