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Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 97:F154-F155 doi:10.1136/archdischild-2011-301251
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  • Letters

Survey of UK newborn resuscitation practices

  1. Anne Greenough1
  1. 1Division of Asthma, Allergy and Lung Biology, MRC & Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma, King's College London, UK
  2. 2Evelina Children's Hospital Neonatal Unit, St Thomas' Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Anne Greenough, Division of Asthma, Allergy and Lung Biology, MRC & Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma, 4th Floor Golden Jubilee Wing, King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 8RS, UK; anne.greenough{at}kcl.ac.uk
  • Received 25 October 2011
  • Accepted 25 November 2011
  • Published Online First 15 December 2011

Surveys of newborn resuscitation practices1,,4 have revealed differences between and in countries, but the equipment and techniques used in the UK are guided by the UK Resuscitation Council, and staff involved must undertake a newborn life support course. We hypothesised, therefore, that in the UK there would be consistency of practice regardless of the level of neonatal care, and our aim was to test this hypothesis.

A questionnaire was sent to the lead paediatrician of 212 hospitals with newborn units. Differences in resuscitation practices according to the level of neonatal care were assessed for statistical significance using the χ2 test.

There was an 85% response. …

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