Journal article

Measurements from preterm infants to guide face mask size

Joyce E O'Shea, Marta Thio, Louise S Owen, Connie Wong, Jennifer A Dawson, Peter G Davis

ARCHIVES OF DISEASE IN CHILDHOOD-FETAL AND NEONATAL EDITION | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: International guidelines recommend that an appropriately sized face mask for providing positive pressure ventilation should cover the mouth and nose but not the eyes and should not overlap the chin. This study aimed to measure the dimensions of preterm infants' faces and compare these with the size of the most commonly available face masks (external diameter 50 mm) and the smallest masks available (external diameters 35 and 42 mm). METHODS: Infants 24-33 weeks' postmenstrual age (PMA) were photographed in a standardised manner. Images were analysed using ImageJ software (National Institute of Health, USA) to calculate the distance from the nasofrontal groove to the mental protuber..

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