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Surfactant without intubation, where are we?

A recent trial from Germany tried to answer the question of whether giving surfactant through a thin catheter while the baby was on CPAP would reduce “death or BPD” compared to intubation for surfactant. Kribs A, et al. Nonintubated Surfactant Application … Continue reading

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Late Surfactant may not be effective, probably.

A large multi-center trial (n=511) led by Roberta Ballard has just been published. (Ballard RA, et al. Randomized Trial of Late Surfactant Treatment in Ventilated Preterm Infants Receiving Inhaled Nitric Oxide. J Pediatr 2015.) In this trial infants had similar … Continue reading

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Reducing BPD by Avoiding Intubation

Sometimes more than one article gets published almost simultaneously on the same topic, sometimes with similar methodology. Two systematic reviews of the effects of trying to avoid or curtail endotracheal intubation in order to protect the lungs have just been … Continue reading

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Who should get surfactant?

I think the literature is clear, if you need surfactant, the earlier you get it the better. If you don’t need surfactant you are better off never being intubated. So how do we decide? Current management protocols usually put babies … Continue reading

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Pulmonary compliance changes after surfactant

This blog is a bit different: not a review of a recent publication, but rather a teaching point for my junior trainees (and maybe some seniors). The question is this: when you have preterm infant with typical HMD and respiratory … Continue reading

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