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Neonatal assessment and therapy 

Neonatal assessment and therapy
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Neonatal assessment and therapy
Author(s):

Ewen D. Johnston

and Julie-Clare Becher

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198713333.003.0008
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date: 01 December 2020

In this chapter an evidence-based approach to newborn stabilization and resuscitation is presented. The physiology of normal fetal–neonatal transition is described with an emphasis on relating the in utero disruption of this process to the clinical signs demonstrated by an asphyxiated infant. The understanding of these events leads us to the logical and systematic strategy for the infant who does not breathe spontaneously after delivery. The principal goals of providing warmth, and facilitating lung aeration are highlighted, along with a discussion of the necessary equipment, practicalities, and particular challenges of providing this life-saving care.

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