Changing gas flow during neonatal resuscitation: A manikin study

Kim Schilleman, Georg Marcus Schmolzer, C Kamlin, Colin Morley, Arjan B Te Pas, Peter Davis

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When using a T-piece device, resuscitators may try to improve airway pressures by increasing gas flow instead of correcting face mask position. AIM: To measure the effects of changing gas flow during positive pressure ventilation (PPV) on peak inspiratory pressure (PIP), positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP), expiratory tidal volume (V(Te)) and mask leak. METHODS: Using a Neopuff T-piece device, 20 neonatal staff members delivered PPV to a modified, leak-free manikin. Resuscitation parameters were recorded. Study A: PPV for 4 min at PIP 30 cm H(2)O and PEEP 5 cm H(2)O. Each minute gas flow was increased (5, 8, 10, and 15 L/min). PIP and PEEP settings were unchanged. Study B: same pressure settings; PPV for 1 min with 5, 8, 10, and 15 L/min in a random order, at a rate of approximately 60/min. The pressures were adjusted to maintain the same PIP and PEEP after each flow change. RESULTS: Study A: As gas flow increased (5, 8, 10 and 15 L/min) the median PEEP increased from 4.7 to 26.4 cm H(2)O (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)920 - 924
Number of pages5
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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