Tag Archives: Resuscitation

Common interventions for common conditions; what do they have in common? A lack of evidence.

There are a number of problems in neonatal care for which good evidence is lacking, and an evidence based approach is therefore not really possible. Two recent reviews highlight this problem. The first is a systematic review of tactile stimulation … Continue reading

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Survival and outcomes for the extremely preterm. The NICHD network results continue to improve: Can we do even better?

A new publication from the NRN describes short term outcomes and care practices of babies from 22 to 28 weeks gestation born in recent years (2013 to 2018) and for those born in 2013-2016 results of evaluations of those followed … Continue reading

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How do we make decisions for the most immature babies, with their families?

Although babies under 25 weeks account for a tiny proportion of births, and a small proportion of NICU admissions, the importance of the question asked in the title can be seen by the ongoing number of publications, below are just … Continue reading

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Neonatal Updates

It’s a long time since I did one of these, but there were several publications that I thought warranted a quick comment. Abbey NV, et al. Electrocardiogram for heart rate evaluation during preterm resuscitation at birth: a randomized trial. Pediatr … Continue reading

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Delivering better CPAP in the delivery room, can we avoid intubation in the most immature babies?

Randomized trials have shown that trying to prevent intubation in the DR leads to less severe lung injury. The Cochrane review of prophylactic CPAP compared to immediate intubation included 3 trials (SUPPORT, COIN and DR Management study), that review found … Continue reading

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Oropharyngeal airways for resuscitation of the preterm? Throw them away!

When I saw the title of this new study I thought immediately this has to either be by Peter Davis or one or more of his disciples… former trainees, I mean. In fact it is both: Kamlin COF, et al. … Continue reading

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Oxygen for resuscitation of the very preterm

One of the paradoxes of neonatal respiratory control physiology is that hypoxia depresses respiration whilst hyperoxia stimulates breathing efforts. In fact it’s not such a paradox, prolonged hypoxia in adults decreases respiratory drive also. But could this be relevant in … Continue reading

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How should we evaluate heart rate during neonatal resuscitation?

Many babies receive some sort of “resuscitation” during their transition from intra-uterine to extra-uterine life. How do we decide when a baby needs intervention? A baby who is active and breathing is usually left alone, a baby who is neither … Continue reading

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PAS 2018 No1: SAIL away (and another mention by a science journalist).

For some reason there is a small epidemic (n=2, that’s a pico-epidemic) of articles about probiotics and necrotising enterocolitis this year in the mainstream press. I was interviewed, and I am mentioned again, in this article on the NOVA “next” … Continue reading

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Does tactile stimulation in the delivery room actually do anything?

One of the things that is done in neonatal resuscitation that isn’t part of resuscitating older patients is tactile stimulation. Babies who are apneic and/or floppy often receive stimulation in the form of rubbing the back, patting or flicking the … Continue reading

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