Charity creates training videos to aid detection of baby heart problems

Tiny Tickers has launched a number of videos that will be used by sonographers and health professionals to help detect heart problems in babies during pregnancy scans.

The national charity aims to improve the detection rates of congenital heart defects (CHD) in babies and the videos will be the first in a range of e-training materials which can be accessed free of charge by health professionals when required. It’s hoped they will help the charity’s efforts to increase detection rates of heart problems in babies.


Boosting detection rates

One in every 125 babies is born with a heart problem – that’s more than 3,000 newborns each year in the UK. But fewer than half of those are spotted during pregnancy and, in some parts of the UK, detection rates are as low as one in four.

That means more than 1,000 newborns leave hospitals in the UK every year with no one realising they have a life-threatening heart condition. Tiny Tickers is the only UK-wide charity that works to improve prenatal detection rates of serious heart defects in babies.


A Media Trust production  

The videos will be available for health professionals to view free of charge on the Tiny Tickers website ( Funding for the project has come from the Big Lottery Fund, Sir James Roll Charitable Trust, Souter Charitable Trust, Unum, Land Securities and Smiths Group, and the videos have been produced by the Media Trust.

Jon Arnold, chief executive at Tiny Tickers chief, said: “Detecting a baby’s heart problem early can give them a greater chance of survival, and a higher quality of life in the long-term. With more than 3,000 babies born with congenital heart defects in the UK every year, the impact of early detection is huge.

“The best chance of spotting a defect during pregnancy is at the 20 week scan, and our new range of videos will provide a vital resource for sonographers across the UK by giving them detection tips, scan clips and animated graphics of a range of defects as seen in the heart at 20 weeks.”

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