Assessing the effectiveness of two round neonatal resuscitation masks: study 1
- Fiona E Wood1,2,3,4,
- Colin J Morley1,2,3,4,
- Jennifer A Dawson1,2,3,4,
- C Omar F Kamlin1,2,3,4,
- Louise S Owen1,2,3,4,
- Susan Donath1,2,3,4,
- Peter G Davis1,2,3,4
- 1Division of Neonatal Services, The Royal Women’s Hospital, Carlton, Victoria 3053, Australia
- 2Departments of Obstetric and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
- 3Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne Victoria 3052, Australia
- 4Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Victoria 3052, Australia
- Professor Colin J Morley, Division of Neonatal Services, The Royal Women’s Hospital, 132 Grattan Street, Carlton, Victoria, 3053, Australia;
- Accepted 14 November 2007
- Published Online First 26 November 2007
Background: Positive pressure ventilation (PPV) via a face mask is an important skill taught using manikins. There have been few attempts to assess the effectiveness of different face mask designs.
Aim: To determine whether leak at the face mask during simulated neonatal resuscitation differed between a new round mask design and the current most widely used model.
Method: 50 participants gave PPV to a modified manikin designed to measure leak at the face mask. Leak was calculated from the difference between the inspired and expired tidal volumes.
Results: Mask leak varied widely with no significant difference between devices; mean (SD) percentage leak for the Laerdal round mask was 55% (31) and with the Fisher & Paykel mask it was 57% (25).
Conclusion: We compared a new neonatal face mask with an established design and found no difference in leak. On average the mask leak was >50% irrespective of operator experience or technique.
Competing interests: None.