UK neonatal resuscitation survey

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    Background: Previous surveys have demonstrated that neonatal resuscitation practices on the delivery suite vary between UK units, particularly according to the hospital’s neonatal unit’s level. Our aim was to determine if recent changes to the Resuscitation Council guidelines had influenced clinical practice Methods: Surveys of resuscitation practices at UK delivery units carried out in 2012 and 2017 were compared. Results: Comparing 2017 to 2012, initial resuscitation using air was more commonly used in both term (98% versus 75%, p<0.001) and preterm (84% versus 34%, <0.001) born infants. Exhaled carbon dioxide monitoring was more frequently employed in 2017 (84% versus 19%p<0.001). There were no statistically significant differences in practices according to the level of neonatal care provided by the hospital. Conclusion: There have been significant changes in neonatal resuscitation practices in the delivery suite since 2012 regardless of the different levels of neonatal care offered.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberPMID: 30355782 DOI: 10.1136/archdischild-2018-315526
    Pages (from-to)F1-F2
    Number of pages2
    JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood Fetal and Neonatal Edition
    Early online date24 Oct 2018
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Oct 2018


    • Resuscitation; prematurity; monitoring


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