Neonatal Transportation School

      During 2021, from March to December, the first edition of a unique initiative took place in Italy and, as far as is known, also in Europe—the Higher Education School for Neonatal Transport. Details can be found by consulting their website ( [Fig. 1]). The school was founded at the Gaslini Institute of Genoa in 2018 on the initiative of Dr. Carlo Bellini, the director of Gaslini Neonatal Emergency Transport Service and at the time secretary of the Neonatal Transport Study Group of the Italian Society of Neonatology. The courses should have started in 2019, but, unfortunately, the pandemic has made everything very complicated. In 2021, by renouncing the previously planned presence in the classroom of students enrolled in the school and opting for an online course, it was finally possible to start this adventure. The school had more than 80 students from all regions of Italy; the teachers of the school were colleagues with proven experience in this special discipline. In the meantime, Dr. Maurizio Gente has replaced Dr. Bellini in the position of secretary of the Italian Society of Neonatology Study Group of Neonatal Transport, confirming the strong link with the school and guaranteeing support and patronage for this educational initiative. The school has set itself ambitious goals based on the experience of at least 30 years of neonatal care, always in constant progress. Although neonatal emergency transport (NETS) has also benefited from the medical and technological progress of all neonatology, it has nevertheless maintained the characteristic of “old school medicine” with a skillful mix between experience and art. Undoubtedly, old school has always been a rather thorny issue as Robert M. Glover
      • Glover RM.
      Lectures on the philosophy of medicine.
      indicated, addressing the dispute between “fanatical innovators” and those who “fanatically” defended the authority of the ancients. Unlike the well-established habits of always sharing medical decisions, NETS remains a much more solitary experience, an intimate relationship between doctor and patient. An ancient profession, steeped in the youngest of all medical disciplines, neonatology, technical and technological, aimed at the future. We believe it is a very courageous choice to face the difficulties of mentoring and teaching the neonatal transport. The positive experience of 2021 pushed the school board (C. Bellini, M. Gente, and L. A. Ramenghi) to broaden the horizon, and in 2022 the school had taken on an international role, opening up to colleagues from all over the world. The school is aimed at all functional profiles that gravitate in the wide field of neonatology—physicians and nurses who are interested in intensive neonatology and who are dedicated or who intend to dedicate themselves to NETS. The main objective is to provide detailed and as up-to-date information as possible. The school's program takes place in 9 monothematic meetings and deals with many significant points of neonatal transport, both organizational and strictly clinical, that include the following:
      • Organization of the NETS
      • NETS equipment
      • Air transport and NETS
      • The transport of a newborn with respiratory distress, with neurologic problems, with heart disease and sepsis, and with surgical problems
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