Training Resources

We hope you find the following resources useful and of interest. We’re adding new resources all the time and thanks to the generosity of our supporters, friends and funders, all these resources are free for health professionals to use.

We’ve been training in all five views of the fetal heart for many years, so all relevant resources include the three vessel and trachea view.

To order resources please click here.

 

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Training videos

We have produced five short training videos – fetal anomaly training guides – aimed at helping sonographers detect a series of CHDs. These videos include experts talking about these conditions and tips to spot them during the 20 week screening; scan clips of the conditions; and animations detailing the difference between the normal heart and these conditions.

Click here to view the videos.

Scanning planes poster 

Our poster showing the five scanning planes of the fetal heart is displayed on the walls of scanning rooms across the UK. Download the latest version here

Scanning the fetal heart

This card is an aide memoire for sonographers – describing the five views of the fetal heart to be taken during screening, detailing the normal heart and running through some of the more common congenital heart defects. Please note this card is currently being updated and will be available soon.

Heart conditions 

Our downloadable list of common structural congenital heart defects and possible abbreviations / alternative – click here for the PDF list.

New diagnosis booklet for parents

Our booklet is designed to be given to parents-to-be who have received the news that their baby may have / has a congenital heart defect. The booklet does not offer medical advice – it is written from the perspective of other parents and offers experiences, tips and suggestions to help support parents-to-be at an incredibly difficult time. Order now.

Hospital guide booklet for parents

This booklet is designed to be given to parents or parents-to-be who are likely to be faced with their baby spending time in hospital and undergoing either open heart surgery or other interventions. The booklet does not offer medical advice – it is written from the perspective of other parents and offers experience, tips and suggestions to help support parents through the traumatic process. It explains what is likely to happen during their stay in hospital, and familiarises parents with medical professionals and their roles.  Order now.

Other resources

Detection rate data

The National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR) collates data relating to antenatal diagnosis of congenital heart defects. Currently, their data set is limited to patients treated by surgery or intervention in the first year of life – meaning it is not an overall antenatal detection rate as it doesn’t include terminations; deaths during pregnancy or peri-natal deaths; conditions that don’t require treatment in the first 12 months; cases detected post-12 months; or instances where intervention is decided against due to the complexity of the patient’s condition(s).

However, this is the best data available at this time, and provides a strong indication of antenatal rates in our nations and regions. The full data is available at http://nicor4.nicor.org.uk/CHD/an_paeds.nsf/vwContent/Antenatal%20Diagnosis?Opendocument.

National detection rates

Country2010-112011-122012-132013-14
England38.1%40.0%42.5%46.9%
Ireland21.8%37.0%32.6%38.1%
Northern Ireland31.6%36.0%33.8%38.6%
Scotland29.7%37.3%46.6%37.6%
Wales47.3%60.9%56.1%54.7%
GB & Ireland (overall)36.1%40.3%42.2%45.7%

Regional detection rates

RegionFive year average rate (2009-14)Most recent year (2013-14)
Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral34.0%52.3%
Durham, Darlington and Tees33.4%37.5%
Greater Manchester43.0%47.5%
Lancashire41.0%46.8%
Merseyside30.8%26.9%
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear43.5%64.3%
North Yorkshire and Humber36.6%56.1%
South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw29.9%37.0%
West Yorkshire36.1%39.5%
Arden, Herefordshire and Worcestershire35.0%34.7%
Birmingham and The Black Country36.2%49.0%
Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire40.0%40.0%
East Anglia40.0%49.4%
Essex42.9%52.7%
Hertfordshire and The South Midlands36.2%41.9%
Leicestershire and Lincolnshire35.0%39.7%
Shropshire and Staffordshire40.4%36.5%
Bath, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire40.8%33.3%
Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire38.4%44.9%
Devon, Cornwall and Isles Of Scilly39.0%50.0%
Kent and Medway46.7%54.4%
Surrey and Sussex41.0%48.4%
Thames Valley38.0%40.4%
Wessex46.5%46.8%
London48.3%55.7%

 

Useful links

Tiny Tickers is not responsible for the content of these external websites and reports, but we recommend them to sonographers and other health professionals involved in screening the fetal heart and/or providing care to patients with a diagnosis of congenital heart defects.

New Resources Under Development

We’re continually developing new resources, thanks to the generosity of our supporters and funders, so please return to this page. If you have any questions or feedback about any of our training resources, please contact us via training@tinytickers.org.