Journal article

Improved techniques reduce face mask leak during simulated neonatal resuscitation: Study 2

FE Wood, CJ Morley, JA Dawson, COF Kamlin, LS Owen, S Donath, PG Davis

Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition | Published : 2008


Background: Techniques of positioning and holding neonatal face masks vary. Studies have shown that leak at the face mask is common and often substantial irrespective of operator experience. Aims: (1) To identify a technique for face mask placement and hold which will minimise mask leak. (2) To investigate the effect of written instruction and demonstration of the identified technique on mask leak for two round face masks. Method: Three experienced neonatologists compared methods of placing and holding face masks to minimise the leak for Fisher & Paykel 60 mm and Laerdal size 0/1 masks. 50 clinical staff gave positive pressure ventilation to a modified manikin designed to measure leak at the..

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