Journal article

Is a paediatrician needed at all Caesarean sections?

SJ Parsons, S Sonneveld, T Nolan

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health | BLACKWELL SCIENCE | Published : 1998

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The need for a skilled neonatal resuscitator in the form of a paediatrician or paediatric registrar to attend a vaginal delivery or Caesarean section (CS) is not clearly defined. This study was undertaken in order to ascertain the level of resuscitation a neonate might require dependent on the delivery mode and type of anaesthesia used. METHODOLOGY: We analysed the Tasmanian Obstetric Audit from 1980 to 1989 for the need for intubation and Apgar scores at 1 min of term singleton deliveries by the mode of delivery. RESULTS: The number of singleton term deliveries was 64739. When the data were analysed annually there was a trend for a reduction in the need for intubation in CS deliv..

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