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Immediate care of the newborn infant 

Immediate care of the newborn infant
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Immediate care of the newborn infant
Author(s):

Murray Enkin

, Marc J. N. C. Keirse

, James Neilson

, Caroline Crowther

, Lelia Duley

, Ellen Hodnett

, and Justus Hofmeyr

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780192631732.003.0044
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date: 23 October 2019

Chapter 44 discusses the immediate care of the, newborn infant, including care of the normal newborn infant (ensuring a clear airway, maintaining body temperature, initiation of breastfeeding, prophylactic administration of vitamin K to pevent hemorrhagic disease, prophylactic measures to prevent eye infections), prophylactic measures in newborns considered to be at above-average risk (suctioning of infants who have passed meconium before birth, elective tracheal intubation for very-low-birth weight infants, prophylactic administration of surfactant to immature infants), immediate care of ill newborn infants (resuscitation, oxygen, cardiac massage, naloxone, sodium bicarbonate, blood volume expanders), and indications for withholding or discontinuing resuscitation.

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