Pregnant women, newborns and children with serious or life-threatening medical problems need highly specialised care.
Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Retrieval
In emergency situations, Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Retrieval (PIPER) coordinates and facilitates expert advice, referral and transport to the specialist maternity, newborn and paediatric services in Victoria.
PIPER is an integrated service for:
- newborn emergency transport that provides statewide and interstate transfer of babies, including time-critical transport, non-urgent and back-transfers to special care nursery, and transfers for babies who need special investigations
- perinatal emergency referrals that provides statewide expert clinical advice about perinatal emergencies, and facilitates the transport of women and their babies to clinical services by Ambulance Victoria
- paediatric emergency transport that provides statewide and interstate transfers of critically ill children to clinically appropriate services.