Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 93:F235-F237 doi:10.1136/adc.2007.117713
  • Short report

Assessing the effectiveness of two round neonatal resuscitation masks: study 1

  1. Fiona E Wood1,2,3,4,
  2. Colin J Morley1,2,3,4,
  3. Jennifer A Dawson1,2,3,4,
  4. C Omar F Kamlin1,2,3,4,
  5. Louise S Owen1,2,3,4,
  6. Susan Donath1,2,3,4,
  7. Peter G Davis1,2,3,4
  1. 1
    Division of Neonatal Services, The Royal Women’s Hospital, Carlton, Victoria 3053, Australia
  2. 2
    Departments of Obstetric and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
  3. 3
    Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne Victoria 3052, Australia
  4. 4
    Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Victoria 3052, Australia
  1. Professor Colin J Morley, Division of Neonatal Services, The Royal Women’s Hospital, 132 Grattan Street, Carlton, Victoria, 3053, Australia; colin.morley{at}
  • 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.


  • Funding: None.

  • Competing interests: None.

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