Neonatal transition: Although neonatologists use the term resuscitation we rarely practice resuscitation as the adult physicians understand it. An adult who collapses lifeless needs very urgent chest compressions, cardioversion and ventilation. Such an episode is very uncommon in neonates. Perlman suggests that it probably occurs in less than 1:2000 deliveries 1. Newly born infants who do not breathe sufficiently need gentle assistance to make the transition from placental to pulmonary gas exchange. [continued...]
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