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Section 7 - NeonatalEmergencies and Resuscitation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 November 2012

Edwin Chandraharan
Affiliation:
St George’s University of London
Sabaratnam Arulkumaran
Affiliation:
St George’s University of London
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This chapter discusses the neonatal emergencies and resuscitation strategies in the newborns which differ from that of adults. Initial assessment of the newborn is based on the following parameters: colour, tone, breathing and heart rate. Pulse oximeter allows accurate assessment of heart rate and oxygen saturation within about 2 minutes of application. Emergency resuscitation drugs are very rarely required in the neonate. If a newborn cries at delivery, despite the presence of meconium, it will imply that the infant has an open airway and therefore no action is required. Newborn resuscitation follows a systematic stepwise approach with emphasis placed on temperature control, airway and breathing. The WHO guide recommends a simple, more feasible clinical criterion based on assessment of breathing alone: all babies who do not cry do not breathe at all, or who are gasping 30 seconds after birth should be resuscitated with bag-and-mask ventilation.
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Obstetric and Intrapartum Emergencies
A Practical Guide to Management
, pp. 241 - 249
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2012

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